As well as all the awesome speakers, big-name titles and fascinating panels, each year, PAX Australia also hosts an Indie Showcase, highlighting the cream of the crop – six outstanding indie games from across Australia. This year’s games have just been announced, and stand as testament to the great quality of video game development coming out of this sunburned country (and, um, also New Zealand).
PAX organisers received nearly 100 game submissions from up-and-coming developers across ANZ, meaning a panel of game industry professionals had a tough job to pick just six. Now, the decision’s been made, and these six titles have been chosen for their individual style, engrossing gameplay and innovative ideas.
Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade explains:
The Australian indie development community continuously impresses us with their passion to deliver remarkable and innovative experiences. These games represent the best of the best and we are honoured to highlight them in the PAX Aus Indie Showcase.
…so, without further ado – here are the six Indie Showcase winners for PAX AUS 2016!
THE ADVENTURE PALS – Massive Monster
The Adventure Pals is a quirky game about friendship involving a small boy and the crazy adventures he goes on with his giraffe and pet rock. The boy must explore his childhood as he goes on an epic quest to rescue his papa from being turned into a hot dog.
THE EYES OF ARA – 100 Stones Interactive
Alone on a remote island stands an ancient weathered castle, steeped in legend and shrouded in mystery. For years it has remained quiet and undisturbed, and yet still the townspeople recall old stories of restless dreams, violent storms, and the eerie glow of ghostly lights dancing in the mist. Recently a mysterious radio signal has begun broadcasting from somewhere within the ancient walls. Something inside the castle has awoken, and someone needs to venture inside to uncover the truth…
MINI METRO – Dinosaur Polo Club
Mini Metro is a strategy simulation game about designing a subway map for a growing city. Draw lines between stations and get your trains running. Keep your lines efficient by redrawing them as new stations open. Decide where to use your limited resources. How long can you keep the city moving?
OBJECTS IN SPACE – Flat Earth Games
Objects in Space is a modempunk stealth space-trading game set in Apollo – a huge cluster of star systems dozens of lightyears away from Earth. You are a lonesome ship’s captain, buying and selling wares in order to keep your bucket of bolts afloat and stay one step ahead of pirates, organised criminals, corrupt governments and shady laws.
PARADIGM – Jacob Janerka
Paradigm is a surreal point-and-click adventure game set in the strange and post-apocalyptic world of Krusz; a land inspired by a mix of Eastern Europe and the 70’s and 80’s. You play as the unattractive yet over-confident mutated Paradigm, who must prevail through inconvenient trials to overcome the insecure-yet-tyrannical sloth antagonist, Olof! Imagine a cross between The Mighty Boosh, Lucas Arts adventures and Fallout.
WILDFIRE – Sneaky Bastards
Wildfire is a stealth platformer where you have the ability to control the elements of fire, water, and earth. As this rare latent power unexpectedly manifests within you, you’ll find yourself pursued by a deadly army of swordswomen, skilled archers, and their vicious trained animals who fear what you are capable of. Sneak in shadows, creep through tall grass, and conceal yourself in smoke as you summon fire to terrify your foes. Douse infernos with water or freeze enemies in ice. Grow grass to hide in or vines to reach new heights. Use your enemies’ fear against them to create opportunities to slip past, or trick them into their own demise – but be careful that the fires you start don’t grow out of control and scorch everything in their path – including you!
PAX Australia hits the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 4-6, 2016 – and all six of these games will be playbale on the show floor. Tickets are still available – single-day, three-day and three-day internationals – you can pick them up right now via paxaustralia.com.au/registration!
Of course, Player Attack will be there (with bells on!), so keep an eye out for more things to get up to over the weekend.