Huawei presents home_coded local indie games at Vodacom rAge 2019

Visitors at Vodacom rAge next weekend can expect to find a curated selection of local-is-lekker-soos-n-krekker indie games at the expo’s home_coded booth, hosted by tech and telecomms company Huawei.

Games on show include PC, mobile, and console content, some of which are launching on Huawei’s AppGallery distribution platform. From the press stuff:

  • Hilton from Surge Innovations will be bringing mobile game, Voetsek along for a demo of its free-to-play arcade interface on iOs, Android and Harmony OS. Voetsek promises hours of endless fun and addictive game play that will test gamers’ sense of rhythm and timing. The game pushes the boundaries of the arcade genre with a collection of unique features and fast-paced stage progression for an addictive and intuitive gaming experience. Surge Innovations will be hosting a mini-Voetsek tournament with great prizes up for grabs. There’s also a big announcement about the release of a brand new, highly anticipated mobile game that will be exclusive to Apple Arcade and Harmony OS.
  • Mornay Leander, creator of the PlaneCrazy game will be exhibiting his creation, PlaneCrazy – a mobile game that took flight while its creator made paper jets for his daughter and her friends. It got Mornay thinking, why not create a game that taught players how to fold their own paper planes? And with the help of a developer, PlaneCrazy took off.
  • Dewald Bodenstein from Quasistellar Game Development is showcasing an RPG called Rectifying Zion. The game has been in development since 2010. It’s set in a large, detailed open world in ancient Israel, and you can come to the stand to try out an exciting early gameplay prototype.
  • Matthew Dalton from Mattador Starfish will be at the stand showing off Codex Knights – an original game that’s currently in development. Mattador Starfish is a proudly South African tech startup that aims to use games and technology to make a difference. Matt will also be giving a talk about pursuing game development as a career in South Africa and using games to make a positive impact on society.
  • Zane Espin from Blue Desert Studios will be demonstrating a selection of newly released and developing games like Curve, Rocketboom, NightRunner and Beta Reflex. Lucky visitors may also get exclusive sneak peeks of Blue Desert Studios’ upcoming mobile games Corridor 6 and Auxiliary”for PC and next-gen consoles.
  • Dylan Engelbrect from Deep Link Studios will be giving demos on Riftwalker – a tower defense game reminiscent of Rogue that’s currently available for early access on Steam. The game is set in a world consumed by darkness, with challenging new mechanics and an in-depth story for those willing to dig deeper into gameplay.



  • Ticketpro Dome, Joburg

Dates and times

  • Friday 27 September – 10:00-18:00
  • Saturday 28 September – 09:00-18:00
  • Sunday 29 September – 09:00-16:00


  • Tickets to rAge are on sale here, or available to purchase at the door
  • Day Pass: R160 (valid for one day only on any of the three days)
  • Family Pass – R540 per family (ticket valid for one day for 2 adults + 2 children aged between 6 & 18, only available to purchase at the door)
  • Student Pass – R110 per person (ticket valid for Friday only upon presentation of valid student card, only available to purchase at the door)
  • Weekend Pass: R320 (valid for all three days)
  • Kids under 6: FREE!

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