PAX AUS 2016 Indie Showcase winners revealed
As with past expos, PAX AUS 2016 will highlight six outstanding indie games as part of the PAX Aus Indie Showcase and make each title playable for the tens of thousands of gamers attending the annual event on Friday - Sunday, 4 November to 6 November, 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Hundreds of other games will be shown by publishers and developers exhibiting at the show.
With a pool of nearly 100 game submissions from up and coming studios across Australia and New Zealand, a panel of game industry professionals chose the top six games to feature as part of the PAX Aus Indie Showcase. These six titles bring individual style, engrossing gameplay and innovative ideas to create outstanding experiences.
"The Australian indie development community continuously impresses us with their passion to deliver remarkable and innovative experiences," said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. "These games represent the best of the best and we are honoured to highlight them in the PAX Aus Indie Showcase."
Highlighted below are the six winners of the PAX Aus Indie Showcase for 2016:
THE ADVENTURE PALS
Developed by 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
Developed by 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.
Developed by 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?
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OBJECTS IN SPACE
Developed by 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.
Developed by 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.
Developed by 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.
We'll be attending PAX AUS again this year and will bring you more about these and other titles during the show. If you'd like to attend yourself, PAX Aus single day, three day and three day international passes are still available and can be purchased through the PAX Aus website at paxaustralia.com.au/registration.