PAX AUS 2018: Twelve exciting indie games we saw on the showfloor

Dimension VS

Originally envisioned as a parody of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros franchise, TeePee Games’ Dimension VS has since grown into its own take on the fighting sub-genre.

Up to four players are able to throw down on a variety of stages, with each playing as one of a wildly assorted cast of characters. It’s a lot of fun (peppered with plenty of in-jokes for fans of the genre) and currently available in early access on Steam.

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Soundfall

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Referred to by some on the showfloor as ‘Disco Diablo’, Soundfall is a top-down action RPG where you have to fight through enemies in time with the beat.

Despite this moniker, it only takes a glance to see there’s plenty of shoot-em-up DNA in the mix as well. Still, there’s a vibrant graphical style, multiple playable characters and full-blown a co-op mode.

As for single player, the developers told us that the game would feature a deeper loot system that’d allow you to upgrade and customize your arsenal as you go.

Totem Teller

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A 2D action-adventure game with an incredibly striking vibe and cryptic-but-intense sense of tone, Totem Teller isn’t so much a game that you play as one you experience.

After awakening in a surreal and ruined landscape, you explore your surroundings to the queries of an ambiguous narrator. The overall aesthetic here is “glitched out” - in both a thematic and literal sense - which can make the game feel uniquely unsettling.

At-times, Totem Teller feels like an echoes of titles like Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP and Hyperlight Drifter but at other points, it felt like something else entirely. Regardless, Totem Teller definitely one to watch.

Dead Static Drive

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An isometric horror survival game with a slick cartoon art style and Lovecraftian sense of horror, Dead Static Drive has been shown off at several PAX events now but continues to look tantalize us.

Our time with the demo for Dead Static Drive was brief, but even during this time we got a sense that the game’s environments were filled with fun interactions and neat environmental storytelling. If nothing else, Dead Static Drive looks startlingly original - even among the usual impressive crop featured at this year’s PAX Rising booth.

For better or worse, no word on a release date yet.

Hyper Jam

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A neon-lit futuristic arena brawler that’s retro in vibe but modern in feel, Hyper Jam is a fast & furious multiplayer experience that pits four players in a fight to the death.

Each round players scramble to acquire weapons and blast away their foes to the tune of a sizzling synth soundtrack. It doesn’t take long for things to get hectic and it didn’t take us long to add this one to our list of games we hope come to the Nintendo Switch.

Lethal Lawns

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DimeStudios’ Lethal Lawns: Competitive Mowing Bloodsport (yes that’s the full title) actually launched on Steam earlier this year, but the team brought the game to this year’s PAX Australia anyway ahead of the game’s impending major update - which is set to add online multiplayer to the experience.

Like the title might suggest, Lethal Lawns plays out like a cross between Splatoon and Happy Tree Friends. After jumping in for a few minutes with it on the show-floor, there’s no way we couldn’t sneak in a mention to it here. If you’re a fan of wacky multiplayer games like Gang Beast or Mario Party, Lethal Lawns is definitely worth a download.

Disclosure - MSI covered the cost of our flights and accommodation for PAX Australia 2018.

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