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More initiatives of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft

Road to Polaris - Gamecity Hamburg brings 5 indie games to the convention

From October 13 to 15, Polaris, Hamburg's new community convention dedicated to gaming, anime, manga, and Asian pop culture, will open its doors for the second time.

Not only will there be lots of content creators, cosplayers and well-known faces from the gaming industry: Gamecity Hamburg will also be represented with a booth at Polaris. As part of the Road to Polaris program, five developer teams will showcase their indie games and give visitors the opportunity to play new games made in Hamburg.

The teams at Polaris 2023:

Curvature Games – „Reddie 

In this innovative adventure with VR elements, players take on the role of the protagonist Reddie and perform all kinds of absurd experiments in which they jump back and forth through dimensions and even realities. 

Shapes and Dreams – „Beacon Patrol 

Beacon Patrol is a cooperative exploration game in which players uncover a growing number of elements of a coastal landscape through relaxing map laying. At the controls of a Coast Guard ship, they explore the North Sea and collect more and more points by uncovering beacons, lighthouses and more until the sea map is completely uncovered. 

About Cannons + Sparrows – „About Cannons & Sparrows 

In this physics-based sidescroller with puzzle elements, players take on the role of a cannon hatched from an egg and move through a forest in a variety of ways including jumping, shooting and even gliding. 

DrownTown – „Light of Atlantis 

This 2D puzzle metroidvania, which won the German Computer Game Award (Deutscher Computerspielpreis), combines jump 'n' run with the element of water. The players navigate a small robot through the flooded ruins of Atlantis. The water influences the movement of the protagonist as well as the behavior of the enemies, changes the environment and forms the core dynamic of the game. 

Radioactive Dreams – „Turbo Shell 

In this fast-paced 2D platformer, players use a unique movement tool to navigate a brave egg through various levels full of obstacles and traps. By purposefully pushing and pulling, a dynamic gameplay experience is created in which players should never touch the ground. 

Gamecity Hamburg at Polaris

Did the game descriptions make you curious? Then come by the Gamecity Hamburg booth, play the games, talk to the developers at the booth and find out how indie games "made in Hamburg" are created.  

And of course, the Gamecity Hamburg team will also be present at the booth.Ask us anything you want to know about the games industry in Hamburg and our funding programs. 

About the "Road to" funding program 

With its "Road to" programs, Gamecity Hamburg offers game developers and independent game companies from Hamburg access to national and international events where they can present their projects, make new business contacts, and close deals. Gamecity Hamburg arranges delegation packages with the organizers of various industry events and offers these to Hamburg game companies for free participation. We have compiled more information on the "Road to" program here on our website

About the Polaris convention 

Polaris, the community convention for gaming and Asian pop culture, will be held for the second time in Hamburg in 2023. On more than 20,000 m2 in the Hamburg Messe, there will be stage shows, competitions, workshops, cosplay, an exhibition with around 150 exhibitors and much more. 



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The Games Lift Incubator is a unique program offering 15,000 euros of funding, 3 months of workshops to get your game concept market-ready and a year of mentoring. Five teams per year get the chance to bring their game concept to the next level with this suppport. But if you're still not convinced that applying would be a great idea, we think it's best to see what other indie devs have to say about their time in the program: 

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