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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Duet

Duet

Developer
Kumobius
Platform
iOS
Genre
Arcade Action
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Duet is a hypnotic action arcade game with a mesmerizingly beautiful soundtrack by Melbourne composer and Gotye multi-instrumentalist Tim Shiel.

Elegant and minimal, Duet asks players simply to navigate two orbiting spheres past an increasingly complex maze of falling obstacles. As the difficulty increases, the tension mounts, and a peculiar narrative unfolds…

Flickers

Flickers

Developer
DigiPen's Neat Snake
Platform
Windows
Genre
Platformer
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Flickers is an abstract, atmospheric, timing-based 2D platformer following the journey of the player from the heart of a dying flower through a world blanketed in perpetual twilight. Jump between hovering sparks called “flickers” as you make your way through painterly environments to reach the moon and transform the world around you. Through a combination of sights, sounds, and gameplay, Flickers aims to create an emotional arc without telling a conventional story.

FRAMED

FRAMED

Developer
Loveshack
Platform
PC, Mac, iOS
Genre
Narrative-Puzzle
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Rearrange the panels of an interactive comic book to change the order of events, and outcome of the story.

Life Goes On

Life Goes On

Developer
Infinite Monkeys Entertainment
Platform
Windows, Mac, Linux
Genre
Puzzle Platformer
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Life Goes On is a comically-morbid platformer where you guide heroic knights to their demise and use their dead bodies to solve puzzles. On your quest to find the Cup of Life, you will summon knight after knight to be brutally sacrificed. Impale knights on spikes to create a safe path. Catch a knight on a saw blade (ouch!) to strategically land the body on a button. Freeze your knights into blocks of ice to reach higher ground. As you journey through this treacherous and trap-ridden world, you’ll show no mercy to solve each challenging puzzle.

In Life Goes On, death is not a setback. It is the only means to success.

Mushroom 11

Mushroom 11

Developer
Untame
Platform
PC, Mac, Linux, Handhelds
Genre
Puzzle Platformer
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Mushroom 11 is a puzzle-platformer with unique control mechanics. Guide an amorphous organism across brain-twisting obstacles, overcome swarms of bizarre mutated creatures, and understand the true nature of the devastation from which you emerged. Mold yourself into any shape by pruning your cells. New cells will immediately grow, allowing you to traverse this mysterious world and solve its challenges.

Nova-111

Nova-111

Developer
Funktronic Labs
Platform
Windows, Mac
Genre
Action Adventure
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Nova-111 is a sci-fi themed turn-based adventure game with a twist of real-time action! Fighting aliens in space for SCIENCE!

Poöf vs the Cursed Kitty

Poöf vs the Cursed Kitty

Developer
Arkedo Studio/Neko Ent.
Platform
Windows
Genre
Platform/Tower Defense
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Poöf has been tricked by accepting a golden laying kitten. But the precious kitty makes all the greedy monsters envious. Survive waves of monsters trying to steal your revenue!

Poöf vs the cursed kitty is a mix between tower defense, and platforming action, a game focused on hardcore gameplay, tight controls and choices, inspired by games such as Mario Bros Arcade Game, Orcs Must Die and Super Crate Box.

To get rid of your enemies, simply jump on them, or place towers to attack and poos to slow down, use fire knives or bombs, ice winds to freeze enemies and golden eggs for Armageddon ! You can also control time: slow it down in danger moments and accelerate it to increase the difficulty and score more points. How fast will you play?

Skullduggery!

Skullduggery!

Developer
ClutchPlay Games
Platform
iOS
Genre
Action Platformer
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You know the old saying, “you can’t take it with you?” Well, I’ve got news for you, my friends, they were WRONG! “Deadbeats” have been taking their riches with them to the afterlife for centuries and it’s the job of the INFERNAL Revenue Service — and its army of skulls — to collect!  That’s where you come in.

In Skullduggery! you’ll play a Semi-Organic Autonomous Skull, working as a collection agent for the IRS.  Using the elasticity of your own brain, flick yourself around the fortresses of the afterlife’s biggest deadbeats. Slow time to avoid deadly obstacles and pull off crazy trick shots to collect riches. Discover hidden caches and slip past surly guards.  Play ‘head to head’ against your friends to become the afterlife’s most successful agent.  Fill out paperwork and reflect on the inherent emptiness of existence!

Stikbold!

Stikbold!

Developer
Reign Bros
Platform
Consoles, PC
Genre
Sport
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Relive the horrors of getting picked last in gym class in this historically inaccurate dodgeball game, set in the 1970s, where legends were forged and destroyed at the throw of a ball. Inspired by iconic buddy movies, Stikbold! features local multiplayer paired with a groovy storyline and cooperative gameplay.

The Counting Kingdom

The Counting Kingdom

Developer
Little Worlds Interactive
Platform
Windows
Genre
Math Tower Defense
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The Counting Kingdom is an award-winning game about monsters, magic and math.  Defend the realm in this tactical math puzzler featuring tower defense gameplay and a colorful cast of characters.  Take up your tome of spells and join the wizard’s apprentice on a journey across the kingdom!