Introducing the Tentacle Zone Incubator Cohort 2024

The Tentacle Zone Incubator is a three month virtual games incubator program for early stage developers from underrepresented backgrounds from across the world. 

We wanted to introduce you to this incredibly talented group:

Atomic Hamster

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Founder/participant:
Paride Marini & Daniel Sidorenko

Location: 
Italy

The Good Overload

About this game:

You’re the guardian of the realm’s most feared dungeon, now aiding heroes. ‘The Good Overlord’ is a Roguelike Bag-Builder with monsters, traps, and secrets. Defeat enemies, collect relics, and uncover the reason behind the Overlord’s benevolence.

 

Canine Games

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Founder/participant:
JJ Fox

Location: 
United Kingom

Hymble Ventures

About this game:

Jump into a cute, platform adventure with Hymble and Codee. Relive the 90’s gameplay but with RPG elements, and challenge yourself into dodging sense damages like smells, touches, sights and sounds. Combat enemies with Hymble’s magic palms while not running out of sense perception health.

 

Chirashi Games

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Founder/participant:

Brenna Galvin , Lisa “Midori”, Evelyn McLaughlin, Charlotte Pang, Ooyu 

Location: 
United Kingdom/ United States

Life After Magic

About this game:

Can you save magic before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve? Life After Magic is a queer, retro visual novel that follows jaded ex-magical girls as they reconnect, deal with young adulthood, and face off against one last threat before Y2K hits.

 

Dragon Scale Studios

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Founder/participant:

Luke Maloney & Jan Palka

Location: 
United Kingdom

Set Sail!

About this game:

Set Sail! is a pirate fueled top-down party game. Feel the sea breeze in couch co-op with up to 3 friends and learn the ropes: captaining a ship, hoarding treasure and fighting foes… whether it be monsters, the British or each other in a splash of friendly fire!

 

Joinplay Games Studios

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Founder/participant:

Michel Nkuindja

Location: 

Finland

Amma: Chronicles of lost stars

About this game:

Enter a world of fantasy and adventure as you join Aya, a young girl handpicked by the gods to protect humanity. Embark on a thrilling journey in “Amma: Chronicles of Lost Stars”, where you’ll fight your way through action-packed battles and uncover the mystery behind the secrets of Dogons.
This story-driven game combines exploration, puzzles, and fast-paced combat, all set in a fantastical world inspired by the great kingdoms of Africa.

 

Koala Republic

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Founder/participant:

Kel Parke

Location: 

United Kingdom

Unannounced Title

About the studios:

The Koala Republic was founded by veteran marsupials from EA, Epic, Jagex, Scopely, Mediatonic and more

They are working hard to make a flexible, sustainable, remote studio that develops the kind of games that not just Koalas, but all those with opposable thumbs love to play. We are all bears in this republic.

 

 

Lost Wanderer Games

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Founder/participant:

Annabelle Afful

Location: 

United Kingdom

Unannounced Title

About this studios:

Established in 2023, Lost Wanderer Games is a London-based indie game studio. We are dedicated to crafting immersive gaming experiences that resonate through meaningful storytelling. As they expand, their commitment to innovation and creativity drives them to create narratives that reflect the diverse world around them.

 

 

Northrak

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Founder/participant:

Storm Karlsen, Adelaide Da Cunha

Location: 

United Kingdom

Close to Fight

About this game:
 
Grab your grappling hook and pack your bag and swing through the skies, filled with floating islands and colourful characters eagerly awaiting for their packages to be delivered.

Explore dynamic environments with levels featuring diverse characters, quests, special items, collectibles and secrets.

 

Otterweave Games Studio

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Founder/participant:

Marco Ng

Location: 

United Kingdom

EMITIME

About this game:

A Grid-based deck builder RPG where music and beat are your strategies. Expand your deck as you capture the enemies you encounter along the way, and solve puzzles by switching between the two protagonists from the past and future as you explore the world.

 

Silver Script Games

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Founder/participant:

Alyx Jones

Location: 

United Kingdom

EMITIME

About this game:

An auto-biographical, narrative game, based on real diary entries kept as a teenager. The Quiet Things seeks to explore mental health issues with a raw but brave look at childhood abuse and trauma. With a deep focus on storytelling through audio, set foot in Alice’s world and hear her story.

 

Skyline Studios Games 

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Founder/participant:

Scott Dickens

Location: 

South Wales

Cosmic Kitchen

About this game:

Cosmic Kitchen is a 2D cooking game set in space! Your mission: Feed hungry monsters or else they will take over all the galaxies! Think fast and grab food as it flies into orbit. Use planets, asteroids and more to get cooking and save the universe!

 

Studio Morgan

Founder/participant:

Scott Dickens

Location: 

South Wales

Morgan: Metal Detective

About this game:

A cosy, first person metal detector adventure game, where you reunite residents of the beautiful Cornish island of Glasden with things they have lost. And with your late Grandpa’s help, maybe restore magic along the way.

 

Thanks to all the participants for contributing to this blog post.
If you would like to keep up to date with their projects please follow them on their socials or connect via LinkedIn.

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For more information on the Tentacle Zone Incubator please contact incubator@tentacle.zone.