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PAX AUS’ PAX Rising area will focus even more on indie games

Sure, PAX AUS is already about indie games, but the new PAX Rising indie area means to focus on ’em even more.

The new PAX Rising indie area will feature 70 developers in one space, showing off the best of Australian, New Zealand and international indie studios.

Moreover, the PAX Rising area will also feature the AUS Indie Showcase, with six games chosen as below:

Hollow Knight, Team Cherry — “Hollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruined cities, forests of fungus, temples of bone and other fantastic lands, all on their way to uncovering an ancient mystery.”

Hacknet, Team Fractal Alligator — “Hacknet is a terminal-driven hacking game with competitive multiplayer, a fully internally-consistent network simulation and a realistic interface. It follows the story of recently deceased hacker “Bit”, whose death may not be the ‘accident’ the media reports. You stand in for no one, as most games have you do – play for yourself, make your own decisions, and see the world react – if you’re leaving a trace that is. Hacknet has no protagonist, other than the person using it. Don’t be reckless though – it’s more real than you think.”

Lupinball, Craftven — “Werewolf dodgeball in a top-down arena! Lupinball is a hectic contest of firing bright power shots at your opponents while avoiding theirs. Power shots never stop flying around, continually bouncing off walls and shields until they kill an opponent unlucky or careless enough to be in its way. As you can imagine, the arena gets much more chaotic and dangerous as the round continues, so stay focused and keep moving (and shooting)!”

Armed with Wings: Rearmed, Sun-Studios — “Armed with Wings: Rearmed is a 2D action/puzzle platformer set in the dark and dilapidated world of Black Mist. Players control a capable hero and cunning eagle, traveling through various lands and fortresses that challenge the player’s ability to solve puzzles, engage enemies and traverse platforms.”

Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise, Yak & Co — “Agent A is a spy themed puzzle game for Smartphones, Tablets and erm, Shoephones?! Your mission (should you choose to accept of course) is to infiltrate enemy spy Ruby La Rouge’s secret hideaway and catch her! Uncover a stylish 60s themed world full of hidden contraptions and clever logic based puzzles. Oh and do be careful, Miss La Rouge has a taste for dismissing agents such as yourself!”

Death Squared, SMG Studio — “Death Squared is a game about learning how to not obliterate your companion as you navigate a set of environments that are mechanically mapped to you in surprisingly unhelpful ways. It builds an immediate need for communication, coordination, and collective problem solving.”

PAX AUS will take place between 30 October to 1 November at Melbourne’s Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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