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The Czech and Slovak Games Week is in full swing

The second annual event to celebrate Czech and Slovak Games Week is here. This time the unique Czech and Slovak Games Week The event kicked off on the national holiday on November 17th and offered discounts on locally produced games.

Now let’s go back to history to understand why Czech and Slovak games are so important. Before the fall of the Iron Curtain, people in the east who wanted to play or even play games had very few opportunities to do so. The first generation of developers from the countries that formed the Union of Czechoslovakia up to 1992 had no chance of playing most of the classic or industry standard titles. The console market was virtually non-existent until the beginning of the millennium. As a result, the Czech and Slovak games were very different – believe it or not, mostly in a good way.

We want to build on the great success of last year Czech and Slovak Games Week, and great news: To support these unique regional games, some of our favorites will be on sale during the event. We’ve highlighted a few just to get a taste of what’s in stock.

How do the games from studios from the Czech Republic and Slovakia differ from your usual gaming experience? First, it’s the unparalleled focus on realism and high, but fair, difficulty that makes games like it so successful Space engineers. Here’s a look at the latest DLC pack in this one-of-a-kind sandbox space simulation:

Second, it is the artistic virtuosity of the games by Amanita Design, like Machinarium or their recently published title Creaks.

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Amanita’s games are unique in many ways: hand-drawn animations make you feel like you are in a (sometimes creepy) fairy tale, their games usually have no written dialogue either, which makes Amanita’s games very accessible.

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Another great example is the work of the Circus Atos studio and the titles like Under leaves or Little Mouse Encyclopedia. Their games come with soothing music, they allow children to learn through play and are relaxing for adults at the same time.

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When these two qualities come together perfectly, great international success is achieved. That’s the story of games like Vaporum or Remind.

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All of the above titles and talented creators have secured a place on the global gaming map for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The rise of the indie scene has followed quickly without the historical burden that profoundly influenced the previous generation of developers. Tons of games are released every year from small platformers like Feudal alloy or Yesterday morning to more ambitious indie titles like Dex or Black hole.

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Three or four titles from the Czech Republic on any platform’s bestseller list were not an uncommon sight over the past decade. This is an amazing feat by YouTubers hailing from a country with a population roughly the size of North Carolina. If you haven’t played some of the Czech and Slovak classics, this is an opportunity not to be missed. If you can’t make it this year, mark your calendar for next year and check the game page to see what’s going on. For everyone else, see you on the floor!

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