The PAX 10 for 2011 revealed
by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Jul 8, 2011 3:15PM PDT
The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is a great venue for independent developers to show off their wares to thousands of hardcore gamers. This year, ten games have been selected--out of over 100 submissions--to become "the PAX 10." Only one game, FEZ, returns from PAX East.
- A Flipping Good Time
"A Flipping Good Time is a fast-paced free-flowing 2D platformer. Flip and fly through an expansive underground world using the fluid nature of gravity to avoid the hazardous terrain."
"Antichamber is a game about discovery, set inside a vibrant, minimalistic, Escher-like world, where geometry and space follow unfamiliar rules, and many obstacles are a matter of perception. Journey through the depths within a non-Euclidean labyrinth, as you create, destroy and manipulate matter, and uncover new ways to overcome your surroundings in this mind-bending psychological exploration game."
- Atom Zombie Smasher
"Take strategic command of your mercenary forces in Atom Zombie Smasher. The zombie apocalypse is upon us and it's up to you to evacuate everyone before they fall prey to the undead."
"Gomez is a 2D creature on a voyage of discovery into the mysterious 3rd dimension. Change your perspective and look at the world in a different way."
- Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
"Jamestown: Legend Of The Lost Colony is a neo-classical top-down shooter for up to 4 players, set on 17th-century British Colonial Mars. It features all the intensity, depth, and lovingly handcrafted pixels of a classic arcade shooter, with a modern twist: deeply-integrated cooperative gameplay."
"Take control of Pic, the robot camera built for a single purpose: capture and collect a mysterious energy scattered throughout a beautiful but dangerous land."
- Solar 2
"Solar 2 is an open-world, sandbox game set in an infinite abstract universe. Play constructively: grow your system, nurture life on your planets and attack enemy life in huge space battles. Play destructively: crash into other objects and cause chaos, use your orbiting objects like wrecking balls, steal planets from other systems."
"Splatters (formerly known as Confetti Carnival) is a completely original physics-based, action-packed, gameplay experience. In the game, you play a group of semi-suicidal, liquid filled Splatters, that you slam against walls making their liquid burst out and ignite colorful confetti bombs."
- Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix & Her Nightmare
"Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix & Her Nightmare is a 2D platform game mapped to a 3D cube. Players control Vanessa, a young girl with a penchant for puzzles. One day, while exploring her father's antique shop, she discovers a mysterious, mechanical box. The device magically sucks Vanessa and her world inside. Now, Vanessa must use her considerable puzzle-solving skills to twist and turn her way to freedom."
- Word Fighter
"Word Fighter is a one-on-one word battling game that mixes rules from popular word games like Boggle and Scrabble and wraps them around a competitive fighting environment. Think "Street Fighter" meets "Words with Friends", or word games mashed together with "Super Puzzle Fighter"."
PAX Prime will run from August 26th to 28th in Seattle, Washington.