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SEA Game Awards 2020 Nominees – Philippines

The 4th annual SEA Game Awards is happening and it’s here to celebrate all the art and game development talent that we have in the Southeast Asian region. Held in conjunction with Level Up KL 2020, that will be running from the 10th to the 31st of October. If you’re a game dev be sure to check out the Business Expo, Conference Talks, Masterclass Workshops and of course the SEA Game Awards.

The final SEA Game Awards 2020 will be held on the 20th of November 2020. And the award categories will be as follows – The Grand Jury Award, Audience Choice Award, Best Technology, Best Visual Art, Best Game Design, Best Audio, Best Storytelling, Best Innovation, Best Rising Star and Best Student Game.

There are 40 amazing nominees for you to explore and for us to get deep into it we’ve divided it up by countries. If you missed it here are our nominees of Malaysian-made games. But in this list, we’re celebrating all the nominees from the Philippines!


Academia: School Simulator by Squeaky Wheel

I’m a sucker for a good management game and Academia: School Simulator is all about that high school life. You’re the school Principal and you need to not only design and construct your place of higher education but you get to keep an eye on your students as well. Watch as they get bullied, find love, flunk exams, and basically just try to get through the roller-coaster ride that is high school. Will you offer the best teachers and facilities or cheap out and build giant classrooms with a 1:100 student to teacher ratio? It’s all up to you!

Academia: School Simulator is currently out on Steam Early Access now.


Good Knight by Doublethink Games

One button bullet hell game. You only need one button because you only have one job – survive bullet hell! This shooter, rhythm, retro arcade is Dante’s Inferno meets Flipino horror. Influenced by other arcade metal games such as Super-Hexagon, Castlevania, and Touhou. Good Knight brings in Filipino horror, history, and literature fused with Greek mythology. Use only your arrow keys or joystick to aim your attack and fire!

Good Knight has a planned release date for Q4 2020, you can wishlist it on Steam now.


Lockdown Hero by Brick Geek Games

As Kuala Lumpur goes into lockdown for the second time and well I guess just generally for anyone living in 2020, you’ll feel this game. Lockdown Hero tells the RPG adventure story of someone in the lockdown stage of a pandemic crisis. But unlike me who’s eating chips and binging Netflix, this hero is out to find the cure and save the world!

In this 3D open-world adventure you’ll need to explore the community, uncover mysteries and find the clues that will help you end this pandemic. Meet people who will teach you survival skills and give you special items on your mission. But is one of those special items a MASK? Yes, it is. Wear a mask people. Lockdown Hero also has various mini-games for you to sink some time in an unlock hidden areas and gear. From farming to casino games, relax and enjoy the game. It’s not as if we’re in a national emergency or anything.

Lockdown Hero is available for sale now on PC – Steam and Google Play.


Love Esquire by Yangyang Mobile

No newbie to the visual novel scene, we’ve covered YangYang Mobile games since the launch of Unpause. Always hitting it out of the park on the visuals and the story, it’s been great to see how the dev team has evolved in the last 5 years. Instead of horror and epic tales Love Esquire is a romantic-comedy visual novel and dating sim that feels like an old-school RPG.

In this game, you’re not a famous knight, but a good-for-nothing squire who’s on a quest to find man’s greatest pleasure. Sex. Getting the girl won’t be easy though, since most of them are way out of your league. To make things worse: you only have a few months left before this huge war happens, and the only thing you know is how to milk cows. Good luck cramming years worth of training into four months while trying to chase tail. May the fertility god have mercy on your virginity.

Love Esquire is available now on PC – Steam and itch.io.


Ruinarch by Maccima Games

Ruinarch appears to be Dwarf Fortress or Rimworld for evil bastards, putting you in the spiked boots of an evil overlord watching over a simulated fantasy sandbox.” – RPS.

Ruinarch is an evil overlord simulation sandbox game where you create obstacles and cause conflicts in procedurally generated fantasy worlds. Weaving tales of both anguish and humour is central to Ruinarch’s gameplay. The game gives you all the infernal tools you’ll need to toy with people’s lives and relationships. Do you want to rain lightning and fireballs from above? Afflict the local populace with a Zombie virus that slowly infects the whole village? Breed monsters, summon demons. The world is just a plaything for your twisted soul. Check out Ruinarch on Steam Early Access now.