PAX Australia Indie Showcase 2019
PAX Australia has announced five of the six games that make up the PAX AUS Indie Showcase. Via Twitter PAX AUS announced they'd be revealing the final game at the show itself.
The PAX AUS Indie Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for Australian and New Zealand developers to show off some of the best they have to offer. Last year's selection of games was fantastic, and the games were always packed right at the convention show floor entrance. I expect this year to be no different.
So, let's take a look at this year's games:
(Thomas Janson & Gareth Wiecko)
“Be brave and enter the Death Hall, where a monstrous blob will be hot on your heels as you escape its abysmal lair."
A difficult platformer with simple controls, a striking 'hell' art-style and a nice soundtrack. This platforming iOS title is actually out now for under $5 without any micro-transactions, so I've given it a quick-look and enjoyed what I played. Death Hall lets you play in both vertical and horizontal as well, always a nice touch.
Death Hall is available to download now via the App Store for $4.49
"Exo One is a gravity-defying, exoplanetary journey. Pilot an alien craft and master its unique, gravity-based movement system. Glide across otherworldly landscapes, surf towering cloud formations, and reach incredible speeds and heights. Open a wormhole and step through into mankind's first mission outside the solar system."
Watching the trailer you can see how unique this game is. A unique visual style, it gives off a real otherworldly feeling, which is fitting. We haven't had a chance to check this out yet, but the game currently has a demo available if you pre-order via Humble Bundle, if you want to try it out ahead of PAX AUS 2019.
Exo One is coming to PC sometime in 2019.
Ring of Pain
(Simon Boxer, Twice Different)
"Roguelike flavour, card game pacing. Randomised, chaos embracing. Each card’s an encounter, each turn a decision with 2 to 4 choices, test your intuition. Manage inventory, optimise. Learn, adapt or face demise..."
A dungeon-crawling card game sure sounds like a unique concept, especially if you hate the crawling involved usually in these types of games. Ring of Pain's first trailer certainly sets the tone for a unique dungeon-crawling adventure with card-based mechanics with the voice of Adrian Vaughan setting everything up.
Ring of Pain is scheduled for release early 2020 on PC
"Unpacking is a zen puzzle game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Part “item Tetris”, part home decoration, you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life you’re unpacking."
I hate packing, but I kinda enjoy unpacking, which is probably why I move objects around and re-arrange things so much. So, a game all about unpacking objects feels like it could hit something for me nothing else could. It looks super-relaxing watching the gameplay trailer.
Unpacking is scheduled to release late 2020 on PC, Linux and Mac
(Marigold Bartlett, Jason Bakker, Maize Wallin, Russell Dilley, Kalonica Quigley)
"Wayward Strand is an interactive story about a teenage girl exploring an airborne hospital and getting to know the patients within."
In this adventure game set in 1970's Australia, you'll explore an airborne hospital as Casey Beaumaris. While visiting you'll interact with those aboard, and get to watch their narratives play out, or get involved yourself — or so it seems. Unfortunately, there isn't a trailer for Wayward Strand just yet, but there are some screenshots of the game available (seen above.)
Wayward Strand is scheduled for release in 2020 on PC, Mac, iOS and Android.
Which games grab your attention the most? Let us know in the comments below what you think. We'll have more from PAX AUS 2019 in October as well.