Tuesday 7 May, 2013 - Highlighting the most unique and worthy independent games to come out of the Australian/New Zealand regions, the PAX Aus Indie Showcase (AIS) features 6 titles as selected by a panel of gaming industry peers from 60 submissions.
We are proud to present the inaugural PAX Aus Indie Showcase winners below.
Developed by Alexander Bruce
Antichamber is a mind-bending psychological exploration game where nothing can be taken for granted. Discover an Escher-like world where hallways wrap around upon each other, spaces reconfigure themselves, and accomplishing the impossible may just be the only way forward.
Developed by Man Fight Dragon
Black Annex is an action strategy game where the player operates the hands-on business of corporate sabotage and infiltration. Manage company resources, customise and outfit your agents before deploying them to steal, destroy, kidnap and kill as the mission and your own choices dictate. The player will need to divide their time between taking care of business at Black Annex where they’ll be represented by the PERSONA of their choice from their collection of agents, and then taking direct control of up-to five agents deployed to various missions spanning a number of unique, corporate locations.
Developed by Kumobius
DUET is a fast-paced, classical arcade flyer. Your survival is dependent on protecting two vessels - they are devices in sync, a dance and song between two entities tethered together in symbiosis. Return to an age of high scores and edge of your seat terror where the world around you becomes quiet and numb as all that matters is the game living between your palms.
Developed by Endgame Studios
Fractured Soul is a retro style platform game like Mega Man, except that it is played across both screens of the 3DS at once. It features: 5 worlds - each with unique properties on the upper screen (such as inverted gravity), shmup sections, and online leaderboards to compete for the best speedrun times in the world.
Developed by Impromptu Games
InFlux is a puzzle game that mixes exploration and puzzle platforming in a series of beautiful natural and abstract environments. You are a mysterious metal sphere which falls from the sky, traversing an apparently deserted island dotted with cubic structures of glass and steel. Each glasshouse is a puzzle to be solved.
Developed by Brawsome
When fugitive magician Lucas MacGuffin bungles a museum robbery, he finds himself bound to an ancient amulet, trapped in a city in high-tech lockdown, and suddenly fighting the urge to scratch himself. As a human, Lucas is agile and cunning. As a gigantic wolf, he’d rather smash anything in his way. Only by transforming between the two forms, cleverly utilising both sets of skills, will he stand any chance of lifting his curse. Along the way he’ll need to befriend a hilarious cast of characters, convince the city its most beloved citizen is a terrifying criminal mastermind, and hardest of all, teach his daughter it isn’t funny to fill the fridge with dog food.
PAX Australia will be the largest gaming festival to be held in Australia, and has already entirely sold out of all tickets. Held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from 19-21 July, 2013, the show is being run by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade.
Penny Arcade ( http://www.penny-arcade.com) is a web comic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. With over 3.5 million readers, it is the most popular and longest running gaming web comic online. Penny Arcade is also responsible for the Child’s Play Charity, the Penny Arcade gaming expos (PAX) in Seattle, Boston, and Melbourne, multiple videogames based on the brand, and multiple online video series.
PAX or Penny Arcade Expo ( http://www.paxsite.com) is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year, with PAX Prime 2013 selling out of tickets in a matter of hours. Connecting the world’s leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 making it the largest & second largest gaming show in the U.S. The first international PAX was announced to be held in Melbourne, Australia in 2013.