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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1979 Revolution: Black Friday

1979 Revolution: Black Friday

Developer
iNK Stories
Platform
Windows, Mac, iOS
Genre
Adventure
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1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a choice driven, narrative game that brings players into the brooding world of a nation on the verge of collapse. Play as Reza, an aspiring photojournalist, and make life and death decisions as you survive the gritty streets of Iran in the late 1970’s.

Blockships

Blockships

Developer
DrDavient
Platform
Windows, Mac, Linux
Genre
Local Multiplayer Puzzle Shooter
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The illegitimate love child of Space Invaders and Tetris

Blockships is game about building the biggest baddest ship by blasting your buddies’ to bits and stealing their blocks - a local multiplayer party-arena game that challenges you to strike the right balance between speed, power, maneuverability, and of course fun!  Build, blast, and rebuild your ship - all in the heat of battle.

Crashlands

Crashlands

Developer
Butterscotch Shenanigans
Platform
Windows, Android, iOS
Genre
Crafting ARPG
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Crashlands is a story-driven crafting ARPG set in an outlandish world of hidden magic and high technology. Fight and tame alien beasts, craft resources into menacing weaponry, befriend the locals, and go toe-to-chin with a world-domineering maniac.

Cryptark

Cryptark

Developer
Alientrap
Platform
Windows
Genre
Roguelike Action
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Cryptark is a 2D roguelike shooter that challenges players with boarding and neutralizing procedurally generated alien starships to earn income for their Privateering enterprise. Purchase improved equipment and weapons to tackle more dangerous targets, but be cautious as failure will result in a loss of investment and profit. The decaying alien arks will defend themselves from intruders with a wide arsenal of cyborg monstrosities, robotics, and security systems, all obstacles that must be surpassed to achieve victory, the destruction of the ship’s central System Core.

Fossil Echo

Fossil Echo

Developer
Awaceb
Platform
Windows
Genre
Narrative Platformer
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Fossil Echo is a short and challenging story driven platformer with hand drawn 2D graphics. Set in a fantastical world, it tells a wordless tale of adventure and mystery.

Influenced by the Oddworld series, Ico & Shadow of the Colossus, as well as Studio Ghibli films, Fossil Echo tells the story of a young boy and his journey to climb a giant tower in the middle of the sea.
How he got there, and, more importantly, Why? are questions that will be answered via playable flashbacks during his ascent.

And for those willing to meet the challenge, eight temples offer some insight on the game’s lore and back-story.

INVERSUS

INVERSUS

Developer
Hypersect
Platform
Windows, PlayStation 4
Genre
Action-Strategy
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INVERSUS is a mind-bending action-strategy game for one to four friends. Player movement is constrained to opposite colors of a black and white grid. Each shot flips tile colors in an attempt to block, trap and close in on the enemy. Every round evolves into a unique battlefield.

Moon Hunters

Moon Hunters

Developer
Kitfox Games
Platform
Windows
Genre
Role Playing Party Game
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Explore a 1 to 4 player co-operative personality test set in a rich, ancient world that’s different every time you play.

You have 5 days before King Mardokh and the Sun Cultists declare war on Issaria’s tribes. Multiple playthroughs of this short story will let you see it from different angles and uncover new sides to characters, conflicts, and narratives. Try out all 4 player hometowns and 6 player character classes, each with their own abilities and randomly generated upgrades as you build your mythology.

Every action and choice you make contributes to your legend, as a constellation in the night sky. How will you be remembered?

Buy it now on Steam!

Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods

Developer
InfiniteFall
Platform
Windows
Genre
Adventure
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Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world. College dropout Mae Borowski returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs seeking to resume her aimless former life and reconnect with the friends she left behind. But things aren’t the same. Home seems different now and her friends have grown and changed. Leaves are falling and the wind is growing colder. Strange things are happening as the light fades.

Old Man’s Journey

Old Man’s Journey

Developer
Broken Rules
Platform
TBD
Genre
Puzzle Adventure
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Dive into a serene, hand crafted and sun-kissed world and be swept away on an old man’s journey of reconciliation. Wander rolling hills and valleys to find your path in a rich, colorful environment full of light-hearted puzzle solving that encourages playful, inquisitive interaction.

Uncover a touching story of life, loss and hope, and help to rediscover what was once so carelessly lost - the way back home.

Splitter Critters

Splitter Critters

Developer
RAC7 Games
Platform
iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux
Genre
Puzzle
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Split and shift the world to get your critters home safe!