Every week, Black eSports Network is bringing you each set of nine contenders up for voting. The winner of each of these weekly votes advances to the final round, where the winners of all nine weeks of voting will compete for the top spot to become the GDWC Fan Favorite.
The nine games up for voting in the third week are:
By Jewel Seeker Entertainment, Germany
This third-person fantasy role-playing game has a system that remembers the choices you make and preferred battling patterns. The game passively cultivates the skills you use the most, causing you to create your character's class as you play the game.
"You will have thousands of options to individualize your playstyle until you become a true master," their page on the GDWC website says. By doing this, you'll be on track to becoming the next magic apprentice.
Apprentice Arriving is currently on Steam for Windows through Early Access for $12.99.
Crooks Like Us
By Out Of Tune Games, United Kingdom
An online multiplayer game with one objective--steal as many objects as possible from your location before the clock is out to win!
In Crooks Like Us, you and your friends have to evade security guards and knock each other out while trying to stack and balance your items full of prized possessions ripe for the taking. The higher your stack the items, the more points you get. As it gets taller, balancing items to take them to the van will become increasingly difficult.
Since this is a multiplayer game, you have plenty of things to hit the other players with, such as anvils, ice and earthquakes.
This game available on PC for free!
Fall Balance Ball
By Fall Games, Russia
While there isn't much about the game on the GDWC webpage, there's no doubt that the trailer speaks for itself.
For 66 levels, you direct a ball as it bounces off of various platforms, rolls through obstacles and runs along walls. Pick up crystals as the ball falls and get special abilities to help you through the levels.
At the time of publishing and its subsequent voting week, Fall Balance Ball is on sale for $1.79 on Steam, but it retails $1.99. Unfortunately, it is only available for Windows.
Lion Quest Infinity
By Fraser, United Kingdom
This single-player game also has local online multiplayer, so you and the homies can all sit in the same room for this one.
The description on the GDWC webpage says, "Jethro the Lion and friends steal a magic grandfather clock and embark on an unforgettable adventure. Are they here to save the universe, or is it simply a marketing ploy constructed as part of an elaborate book tour?"
With its trailer, the description makes for a confusing plot when first watching, so Lion Quest Infinity seems to be one of those games you have to play to understand the plot and what's going on with the characters.
Lion Quest Infinity is available on Steam for PC only for a price of $10.99.
By RetroMania Wrestling, United States of America
Taking you back to the wrestling arcade days of yore this retro-inspired wrestling game has beautiful two-dimensional graphics and tons of gameplay options to choose from.
There are four distinct story modes to choose from, including a story mode. There are also 50 different types of matches you can play, and you can have up to eight wrestlers fighting in the ring at the same time. Sixteen wrestlers from different periods from professional wrestling history can be chosen to play.
Unlike most of the games we've seen participating in the Game Development World Championship, RetroMania Wrestling is available for Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and iiRcade.
Space Choice: Data Analyzer
By Silver Dollar Games, Canada
If choice/decision making and butterfly effect tropes in video games make you anxious (they make me anxious), you might want to skip this game. But if you're looking for a challenge in making quick choices in a short amount of time to create the best outcome, this game is perfect for that kind of chaos.
Space Choice: Data Analyzer gives you choice after choice to make. Each decision could either turn the tide in your favor or in the favor of the enemies who want to destroy you. Time is the most valuable thing you have when making your choices, so choose wisely but quickly.
Space Choice: Data Analyzer available only for Windows on Steam for FREE!
Sword of the Necromancer
By Grimorio of Games, Spain
This dungeon-crawling role-playing game can be played by either one or two people. As a sword-wielding necromancer, turn your dead enemies into your allies and fight your way through guardians and bosses to reach Koko and bring her back to life.
The cut scenes in the trailers are enough to excite one as it gives you the feeling that these cut scenes will also be in the game and not just used for the trailer. You won't know for sure until you play the game either by yourself or with someone else. Unfortunately, this game only has local multiplayer, not online.
Sword of the Necromancer is available on PC for $14.99 and is also available to play on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
By TwoD2R, Russia
Only available on Android in the Google Play Store, a torch is your only weapon against the enemies you might fight in this mobile game. The pixel art gives the gameplay on your phone a retro vibe and an RPG element exists in this game that's often not seen.
Torchman Adventures is free and rated for Everyone.
By SP Marchenko, Russia
The rules seem simple enough, according to the game's GDWC webpage: "It's [a] puzzle game in Tetris style. Combine three or more same blocks in any direction to remove the defined figure."
The Tetris-stacking style is combined with a Connect Four concept, where the matches you much obtain come in certain lines, but they up and down, left and right or diagonal.
To vote on this week's nine games for the Fan Favorite Category finals, you can do so on the Game Development World Championship website. Voting is open from Monday to Monday every week until there are nine finalists for the Winners Round of voting.
This article was created with assistance from a press release about this week's nominees that was originally published on GamesPress.