The London Games Festival has revealed its “official selection” with a 33-strong line-up of games set to be showcased at the event. The festival’s organisers published the titles which will be demonstrated within the four key categories of the festival. These titles include PowerWash Simulator and Silt. PowerWash Simulator has garnered significant interest despite its rather mundane gaming concept. As a matter of fact, it’s become one of the best-selling Early Access titles on the Steam platform. Published by award-winners Square Enix, the game sees you take charge of your own power-washing business. Although the gameplay is basic, it is instantly gratifying, which ticks the boxes for many casual gamers.
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The four main categories of the 2022 London Games Festival
Each category will contain new releases linked to the category themes:
- Made in London
As the category suggests, this section is a celebration of the newest gaming titles designed and built in the English capital. Releases such as Beatstar and Hellscreen are included here. Beatstar has already taken the casual gaming scene by storm, registering 546,000+ downloads on Google Play. The rhythm-based game lets you tap your way through your favourite songs on-screen. Meanwhile, Hellscreen was released by UK_resistant and offers a fresh take on retro first-person shooter titles.
- International Innovators
The London Games Festival is a celebration of gaming excellence around the globe too, with its International Innovators section acknowledging the studios that have hit the mark overseas. Titles like Albert Wilde: The Quantum P.I. and Lab Rat are featured here. The latter, developed and published by Chump Squad, is a narrative puzzle game harnessed using machine learning technology.
- Narrative Excellence
There are many new video game releases that offer exceptional storylines as well as engaging and immersive gameplay. This section recognises those new titles that have an authentic story to tell. Spiral Circus’ Silt is a puzzle-adventure game that is due for release this spring. It invites you to explore the “ocean abyss” and uncover “long-forgotten mysteries”. The Silt demo is already available on Steam, which has whetted the appetite for fans of titles with a strong narrative to get behind.
- Games Are Good for You
This section relates to the physical and mental benefits that can be achieved through gaming. Problem-solving games and even instant gratification casual games are ideal for satisfying our brains. We’ve already mentioned PowerWash Simulator, which is proudly listed in this category, but there’s also Trolley Problem, Inc. Set for release in April 2022, Trolley Problem, Inc. requires gamers to make difficult decisions based on two awful questions – a title that’s sure to challenge players’ moral compass.
If you’re interested in visiting the 2022 London Games Festival in person, you can get free “basic access” tickets, while standard tickets start from £99 + VAT.