PAX Top 10 Indie Games (Best Indie Games At PAX West)


The PAX 10!

What is The PAX 10?  Each year PAX has a group of 50 industry experts select the ten best indie games in regard to gameplay and overall fun-factor.
PAX Indie games section is full of hidden gems.  I suggest spending at minimal 2 hours in this section alone.  The great thing about this section is you get that one on one time with the developers.  The developers love to interact with the fans and want your feed back.  Im sure there will be more then 10 great Indie games, but lets check out what these EXPERTS think will be the Top winners.

1979revolution

1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a choice driven, narrative game that brings players into the brooding world of a nation on the verge of collapse. Play as Reza, an aspiring photojournalist, and make life and death decisions as you survive the gritty streets of Iran in the late 1970’s.
My Thoughts: WOW!  Im a huge fan of choice driven games.  I love being able to make a bunch of bad choices and not have to suffer some Real World consciences.  This game is a must try in my book.
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Blockships is game about building the biggest baddest ship by blasting your buddies’ to bits and stealing their blocks – a local multiplayer party-arena game that challenges you to strike the right balance between speed, power, maneuverability, and of course fun!  Build, blast, and rebuild your ship – all in the heat of battle.
My Thoughts:  Tetris with guns!  If you was born in the 80s you should remember the classic game called Space Invaders.  This game is a Space Invaders game type of game with a Tetris spin on it.

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crashlands

Crashlands is a story-driven crafting ARPG set in an outlandish world of hidden magic and high technology. Fight and tame alien beasts, craft resources into menacing weaponry, befriend the locals, and go toe-to-chin with a world-domineering maniac.
My Thoughts: hmm… Can you say “Don’t Starve”…  Crashlands reminds me of Don’t Starve with more colors.  This game seems to have great reply value.  If you are looking for a game you can keep coming back to then this is your game…

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Cryptark is a 2D roguelike shooter that challenges players with boarding and neutralizing procedurally generated alien starships to earn income for their Privateering enterprise. Purchase improved equipment and weapons to tackle more dangerous targets, but be cautious as failure will result in a loss of investment and profit. The decaying alien arks will defend themselves from intruders with a wide arsenal of cyborg monstrosities, robotics, and security systems, all obstacles that must be surpassed to achieve victory, the destruction of the ship’s central System Core.
My Thoughts: Controlled Chaos!  There is a lot going on, but it looks well put together.  I have seen games that had to much going on and that really kills it for me.  My only question is the controls.  From the trailer it looks like the maneuver is very simple.  I would try this out.

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Fossil Echo is a short and challenging story driven platformer with hand drawn 2D graphics. Set in a fantastical world, it tells a wordless tale of adventure and mystery.

Influenced by the Oddworld series, Ico & Shadow of the Colossus, as well as Studio Ghibli films, Fossil Echo tells the story of a young boy and his journey to climb a giant tower in the middle of the sea.
How he got there, and, more importantly, Why? are questions that will be answered via playable flashbacks during his ascent.

And for those willing to meet the challenge, eight temples offer some insight on the game’s lore and back-story.
My Thoughts: DOPE! Ok… The trailer had me hooked!  My only compliment is that in the brief description it said “Fossil Echo is a SHORT…” That SHORT word is scary in the gaming world.  I would hate to start this game to realize its really short with no replay value.
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inversus

INVERSUS is a mind-bending action-strategy game for one to four friends. Player movement is constrained to opposite colors of a black and white grid. Each shot flips tile colors in an attempt to block, trap and close in on the enemy. Every round evolves into a unique battlefield.
My Thoughts:  Hmmmm…..  This is not my type of game.  Not because It doesn’t look entertaining, but because my hand and eye slow.  I would lose every pvp game.

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DesertVillagePreview

Explore a 1 to 4 player co-operative personality test set in a rich, ancient world that’s different every time you play.
You have 5 days before King Mardokh and the Sun Cultists declare war on Issaria’s tribes. Multiple playthroughs of this short story will let you see it from different angles and uncover new sides to characters, conflicts, and narratives. Try out all 4 player hometowns and 6 player character classes, each with their own abilities and randomly generated upgrades as you build your mythology.
Every action and choice you make contributes to your legend, as a constellation in the night sky. How will you be remembered?
My Thoughts: Run Forest Run!  I had to watch this trailer twice.  My first attempt at watching this trailer I stopped 30sec into it due to all the running  The second time I made myself sit there and watch the entire thing. 1:13 long trailer and the first fighting scene is at :45…  Other then that things picks up and the game looks ok.  Not a fan of this type of game.

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nightinthewoods

Night In The Woods
Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world. College dropout Mae Borowski returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs seeking to resume her aimless former life and reconnect with the friends she left behind. But things aren’t the same. Home seems different now and her friends have grown and changed. Leaves are falling and the wind is growing colder. Strange things are happening as the light fades.
My Thoughts:  I would try it out.  Seems to be a good Indie game

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oldmansjourney

Old Man’s Journey
Dive into a serene, hand crafted and sun-kissed world and be swept away on an old man’s journey of reconciliation. Wander rolling hills and valleys to find your path in a rich, colorful environment full of light-hearted puzzle solving that encourages playful, inquisitive interaction.
Uncover a touching story of life, loss and hope, and help to rediscover what was once so carelessly lost – the way back home.
My Thoughts: The trailer didn’t show much but the description seems to be cool.

splittercritters

Split and shift the world to rearrange reality and get those critters home safe.
My Thoughts:  This game has Nintendo written all over it.  That is a good thing in my book.

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Finial Thoughts:
The PAX 10 did a great job with their selection.  I have a few questions for PAX
Do the 50 experts play each game all the way through?
Do you keep the same 50 every year?
How many different games they play before they narrow it down to 10?
Can we get a brief description of the 50 experts?

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