Fast-paced strategy with an (Oliver) Twist. Run a thieves’ guild in a gas-lit city overrun by corruption and greed. (Single-player and asynchronous multiplayer.)
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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.
2017 Game Index
Celeste is a platformer about climbing a mountain, from the creators of TowerFall. Explore a sprawling world bursting with secrets, across 8 unique areas. Meet peculiar characters and climb through a personal story of confronting your flaws, set in the present-day Pacific Northwest.
Cosmo’s Quickstop is a fast paced, intense, time-management game. You play as Morvin, who’s inherited a rest stop in space. To make money, you need to fill orders from customers by completing small tasks, like refilling gas, making sure the glorp room is clean, and clearing mold from the coffee shower filters. These tasks pile up quick, so Morvin will need to learn to balance his time. If you take too long to fill an order, customers will leave without paying. That’s space law for ya! As you earn more money, you’ll be able to purchase new amenities for your customers to enjoy, and soon enough you’ll be the best attraction along Route 66 Million.
In a time where new gadgets are invented every day this is our final tribute to the keyboard before it becomes extinct.
As the young apprentice of Master QWERTY, you set out to explore the keyboard and find your inner key.
This game uses your entire keyboard. Every single key. Yes!
No Heroes Here mixes Castle Defense with crafting and 2D platforming genres. Melt iron, mix gunpowder, load cannons and rain fire over your foes in this frantic multiplayer experience, for 2 to 4 players. When all heroes are dead, you have one duty… to work together and hold your ground!
Fast-paced puzzle fun in VR! Easy enough for anyone to enjoy as their first VR experience, yet quickly complex enough to challenge the hardcore gamer. Ship It takes the shape-fitting fun of Tetris and reimagines it as a silly factory where you pack boxes to earn your wage. Frantically maneuver your hands to grab the colorful shapes and fit them into their matching boxes. If you pack efficiently you will climb the leaderboard and maybe not lose your job to the robotic Employee of the Month, K3-VN.
Ship It is the freshman release of Portland indie VR studio Think On Labs. The game focuses on an easy-to-access game mechanic to highlight the unique benefits of VR, like interactivity and spatial perception. Bringing UX and ergonomics principles to VR game design, Think On Labs helps players quickly ‘find the fun’ and get immersed in a seemingly simple task. Available on Steam for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Shoot Shoot Mega Pack is a minimalist party game for up to four players about rules, friendship, and also shooting. You can choose a preset game, create your own rulesets, or let the game do it for you!
However you decide to play, just make sure you do it with friends.
Set in a microscopic aquatic world, Tiny Bubbles is a mesmerizing organic puzzle game about playing with clusters of soap bubbles. Pop the bubbles by matching four or more colors and create cascading chain reactions. Fill bubbles with colored smoke to grow them and push around other bubbles. Mix them to make new colors. Break a bubble’s edge to pop it or combine with neighbors.
Get stumped in puzzle mode and then dust off your sumo skills to beat arcade mode. You’ll delight in saving bubble-bound creatures, but the greedy Jelly Crabs will have you steaming. A curious fish called “Bloop” will reveal your nature as an optimist or a pessimist. Reflective glowing light and incredibly fluid 60 FPS physics and animations will make you feel like you’re playing with real soap bubbles.
The game was created by designer Stu Denman and inspired by the scientific work of his grandfather, an MIT Professor and a principal scientist on the Manhattan Project. Winner of the Seattle Indie Game Competition in April 2017, it features 7 different worlds with over 160 levels, each with unique goals and surprising challenges.
A musical adventure game where you use singing to try to save the world! Play as a silly bard who embarks on a globe-trotting journey to learn about the mysterious Earthsong, said to be able to prevent the universe’s imminent end. Along the way there’s a huge cast of characters to meet, puzzles to solve and songs to sing!
West of Loathing is a single-player slapstick adventure-RPG set in the Wild West. It’s an open world full of branching narrative, turn-based tactical combat, and delicious character advancement. So basically a stick-figure Skyrim with beans and big hats.