The PAX 10

The PAX 10

Each year our group of 50 industry experts select the ten best indie games in regard to gameplay and overall fun-factor.


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Adventures of Pip

Adventures of Pip

Developer
Tic Toc Games
Platform
Windows
Genre
Actions, Adventure, Platformer, Puzzle
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Oh no! Princess Adeline has been kidnapped by Queen DeRezzia! The only one able to stand up to her is a single pixel hero named Pip!

Adventures of Pip revitalizes the classic side-scrolling action platform genre. Pip—the ultimate digital underdog – is a lowly single pixel in a 32-bit world who proves that you can’t judge a hero by the fidelity of his shaders!

During the game, Pip gains the ability to evolve and grow by absorbing pixels from his fallen foes. Those same pixels can then be used to blast through environment puzzles and enemies, devolving Pip back to a single pixel.

Players will explore five stylized worlds and experience up to 10 hours of epic adventure saving Pip’s village from the evil Queen DeRezzia.
Inspired by classic platformers, Adventures of Pip basks in a world where players can defeat a huge 32-bit boss as a single pixel or even as an 8-bit character.

With three different forms, evolve and devolve Pip to solve puzzles and defeat enemies; each with their own weakness and strength that must be unraveled throughout the campaign.

Assault Android Cactus

Assault Android Cactus

Developer
Witch Beam
Platform
Windows
Genre
Action
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Assault Android Cactus is an arena style twin stick shooter with one to four player local co-op, combining arcade style bullet hell with screen-fulls of enemies, transforming environments and a colorful cast of synthetic heroines.

Junior Constable Cactus is outside her pay grade when she answers a distress call and finds herself stranded on a crippled space freighter under attack by it’s own robot workers. But Cactus doesn’t know the meaning of impossible so with help from a few fellow androids she conscripts along the way, she will save the ship or run down her battery trying!

Using a battery timer mechanic in place of lives, Assault Android Cactus is built around high speed gameplay and skillful chaining of enemy kills. Set across five decks of a massive spaceship, robot opponents slash, shoot, launch missiles from their backs, fire screen sweeping lasers and spawn new enemies to attack, while the giant enemy bosses fight with everything they’ve got across multiple phases.

Battle Chef Brigade

Battle Chef Brigade

Developer
Trinket Studios
Platform
Windows, Mac, Linux
Genre
Action Cooking RPG
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Play as a magical chef! Hunt monsters and cook them into exquisite dishes to wow the judges and crush your opponents!

Dark Echo

Dark Echo

Developer
RAC7 Games
Platform
iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux
Genre
Minimalist Puzzle Horror
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Trapped in darkness, you must use visualized sound to guide your way through threatening environments. The sounds you create will bounce off obstacles revealing the shape of the surrounding world. It won’t be long before your only way of sensing the world attracts a horrifying evil that devours both sound and souls.

Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon

Developer
Red Hook Studios
Platform
Windows, Mac, PS4, PS Vita
Genre
RPG
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Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts, and beyond. Along the way, you’ll battle not only unimaginable foes, but stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark.

The game features the signature Affliction System, a striking hand-drawn gothic art style, innovative turn-based combat, and meaningful decisions with lasting consequences.

Can you stem the tide of eldritch horrors erupting across your family’s ancestral estate?

From Light

From Light

Developer
Faffinabout
Platform
Windows
Genre
2D Puzzle Platformer
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From Light is a 2D puzzle platformer where the player must use mechanics based on long-exposure photography to guide a fallen star back to the moon.

Grapple

Grapple

Developer
Tuesday Society Games
Platform
Windows
Genre
Platformer
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Grapple is a 3D puzzle platformer. You can fling, swing and climb across everything in Grapple. Different surfaces react uniquely to your gooball. Grapple is as fast paced as you want to play it. With multiple checkpoints and unlimited lives your skill is the only thing slowing you down.

Ninja Tag

Ninja Tag

Developer
Leandro Ribeiro
Platform
Windows
Genre
Action
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Ninja Tag is a murderous local multiplayer stealth game where up to 4 ninjas have to rely on trickery and deceit to be the last one standing. Blending single screen hidden information with lightning-fast twitch actions, Ninja Tag is a yell-inducing ninja brawler where being within elbow distance to your friends is more than encouraged!

Be efficient and sneak like a pro, only the ones that can swiftly outsmart their friends right under their noses will be crowned as the ninjaest ninja!

Tumblestone

Tumblestone

Developer
The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
Platform
All Current PC, Consoles, and Mobile Platforms
Genre
Competitive Puzzle
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Tumblestone is a casual puzzle and competitive multiplayer game from the creators of The Bridge. Tumblestone’s beautiful, hand-drawn artwork will captivate you while the maddeningly addictive gameplay will keep you playing “just one more round” with your friends. At first glance Tumblestone may resemble other Match-3 games, but it completely reinvents the genre into a deep and cerebral puzzle solving experience that you won’t forget.

Zarvot

Zarvot

Developer
SnowHydra Games
Platform
Mac OS / OS X
Genre
Arcade
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Cube friends fight in a stunningly stylish voxel world for glory, bragging rights, and tomato rights. Zarvot is a local multiplayer shooty game where players fight each other on a huge variety of destructible levels.

Matches are packed to the brim with colorful explosions, Dramatic Gameplay, and other such pleasantries as railguns, gravity teslas, and HUGE BOUNCING SPIKE THINGS.