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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Avalanche 2: Super Avalanche

Avalanche 2: Super Avalanche

Developer
Beast Games
Platform
PC
Genre
Climbing Platformer
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Sequel to the popular flash game Avalanche, Super Avalanche is a game that’s just pure undiluted fun.  Creator Chris Peterson presents a game which expands on the original while preserving the core gameplay that made the first one so addicting.  Inspired by popular modern rougelikes such as Spelunky and Binding of Isaac; every game is different.  The game is built around replayability featuring challenging missions, combinable powerups with over 70,000 combinations, and collectible badges that modify the parameters of the game itself.

BADLAND

BADLAND

Developer
Frogmind
Platform
iOS
Genre
Action Adventure
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BADLAND is an award-winning atmospheric side-scrolling action adventure taking place in a gorgeous forest. Although the forest looks like it is from some beautiful fairytale, there seems to be something terribly wrong. The player controls one of the forest’s inhabitants to discover what is going on. BADLAND takes you to an immersive single player experience with over fifty unique levels combined with a local multiplayer for up to four players playing with the same device. BADLAND has been developed fully independently by Frogmind - a two-man indie studio. It has been downloaded by millions of players since its launch in April 4th, 2013.

Escape Goat 2

Escape Goat 2

Developer
MagicalTimeBean
Platform
PC
Genre
Puzzle Platformer
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Escape Goat 2 is the sequel to 2011’s critically acclaimed puzzle platformer. The goat and mouse are back, ready to take on an all new world filled with puzzles, traps, machinery, and—of course—magic hats. Watch each room transform as you manipulate it to overcome obstacles and enemies.  Features 100 rooms, multiple branching pathways, and full HD illustrations by Randy O’Connor.

Gunpoint

Gunpoint

Developer
Suspicious Developments
Platform
PC
Genre
Stealth Puzzle
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Gunpoint is a stealth puzzle game that lets you rewire its levels to trick people. You play a freelance spy, breaking into high security buildings with a device called the Crosslink. It lets you link electronic devices to each other to make them do whatever you want: link a lightswitch to a trapdoor, then flick it to send a guard falling to his death.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Developer
Asteroid Base
Platform
PC, Mac
Genre
Co-Op Micro-Platformer
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Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a co-op micro-platformer for 2 or 1 players set inside a neon spaceship locked in battle with hordes of space baddies. Players work together running back and forth between ship control rooms, manning turrets, lasers, shields and thrusters to rack up points and stave off a vacuumy demise. Death may be a given, but at least you don’t have to face it alone!

Owlboy

Owlboy

Developer
D-Pad Studio
Platform
PC
Genre
Adventure
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You control Otus, an owl with the power of flight. Explore an open world where a sinister plot is brewing. Gain helpers with powerful abilities while acquiring powers of your own to help you through the game’s many massive dungeons, each containing monsters, puzzles, secrets, and enormous bosses. Visit the world’s towns, meet it’s inhabitants, and piece together it’s perilous history. Can you discover the great secrets left behind by your ancestors?

Ridiculous Fishing

Ridiculous Fishing

Developer
Vlambeer
Platform
iOS
Genre
Casual
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A handcrafted game about fishing with guns, chainsaws, & toasters.

Rogue Legacy

Rogue Legacy

Developer
Cellar Door Games
Platform
PC
Genre
Platformer
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A genealogical 2D platforming rogue-lite.  You will die, but your children will avenge you.

Sokobond

Sokobond

Developer
Alan Hazelden, Harry Lee, Ryan Roth
Platform
PC, Mac, Linux
Genre
Puzzle Game
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Sokobond is an elegantly designed puzzle game about chemistry.  It’s logical, minimalist, and crafted with love and science.

Towerfall

Towerfall

Developer
Matt Makes Games
Platform
PC, Ouya
Genre
Party Game
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TowerFall is an archery combat platformer for up to 4 players. It’s a local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches. The core mechanics are simple and accessible, but combat is fast and fierce. The focus is on player mastery and friendly rivalry. Inspired by long afternoons and all-nighters squaring off in the local multiplayer classics of my youth, TowerFall aims to recreate that childlike joy. It’s best played competitively with friends, cross-legged on the floor within punching distance of each other.