PAX Rising: The Indie Games of PAX AUS 2019 (Cont...)
22nd Century Racing Series – GOATi Entertainment
WipeOut meets the Amiga classic Stunt Car Racer in this physics-based futuristic racing game that uses some crazy tracks. The game features four-player local or eight-player online (with the aim of bringing this to 100-players in future) with a visual style that is reminiscent of Rocket League. Vehicles speed through the gravity-defying tracks enduring the strain of real-physics. Players begin each race with the same specs, but vehicles can be upgraded during the race as sectors (each track is divided into four sectors) are controlled and resources collected. Controlling these sectors results in not just a racing game, but a strategic one as well. With several racing modes including team-based, seven different tracks (so far), and the ability for the community to create their own tracks, 22nd Century Racing Series could be an eSports sleeper.
For more info, visit www.22series.com or add it to your Steam Wishlist
Baron: Fur is Gonna Fly – Dogmelon Games
Take to the skies in this single screen dogfight. With up to eight players on screen at once, this game can get hectic as players fly around trying to shoot down their opponent’s planes with machine guns or one of the thirteen authentic (said with tongue firmly in cheek) special weapons. With a conscious effort at keeping the control scheme simple, the team at Dogmelon have enabled gamers from all ages to have fun, as they fly around, dropping anvils, stinky fish, or creating black holes that suck in enemies. The eight cute characters to choose from all have identical skills, but the planes selected all have varying aerodynamic abilities that can be used to your advantage. Games are fast paced, with several modes available. Fun for all the family.
For more info, visit baronthegame.com or add the game to your Steam Wishlist
Camped Out – Inca Studios
We previously saw this game under the moniker of Scout’s Honor, but a host of new features and improvements have accompanied the name change. Camped Out retains the same core element of co-operation for up to four players that drew us to the game last year, but has added new themed maps and now includes environmental annoyances that prevent your avatars from setting up camp before nightfall. Squirrels steal the wood you’ve cut down, and bears try to steal the fish you’ve caught. With DuckTales inspired visuals and simple controls that enable younger gamers to take part, Camped Out is great for the whole family. And with around thirty levels scheduled upon release, this will get the family playing together as a team and hopefully setting up camp before the sun sets.
For more info visit www.campedoutgame.com or add it to your Steam Wishlist
Sprocket Rocket Rumble – Space Crab Labs
Sprocket Rocket Rumble sees players taking control of one of four robot gladiators in a fast-paced twin-stick shooter. Players can either shoot at their competitors with their rockets, or at the hexagonal floor panels which will then explode and disappear, often resulting in an opponent falling to their death. Games are generally very quick, with the winner being the first to get to four points. With five maps, each with their own environmental dangers, and an aim to create more than eight before release, there is enough variation in this local or online multiplayer couch game to keep things fun.
For more info, visit the Space Crab Labs website or add it to your Steam Wishlist
Snow Mercy – Smashbyte Games
Inspired by the obscure PS1 title Team Buddies, Snow Mercy is a four-player (either local or online) competitive couch game. With just the single death match mode at present, gamers set about destroying enemy forts in a wintery wonderland, whilst preventing their own from being destroyed. Ice cubes lying around the map can be collected and taken back to your base where they act as the game’s resource. Snowmen assistants with a range of weapons can be hired (higher powered assistants cost more) and directed to defend your fort, attack other forts or players, or collect more ice cubes. The colourful PS1 style visuals are fun and so too is the gameplay, with a range of strategies that can be used to win.
For more info, visit www.snowmercythegame.com or add it to your Steam Wishlist