The second annual PAX South has come to an end, but with it kickstarts another exciting year of Penny Arcade Expo’s around the world. What was once simply a small web comic has exploded into one of the most inclusive, important, and flat-out entertaining places to be for gamers of all shapes and sizes. If you don’t know how PAX works, it’s essentially 3 days of big developers, small indie developers and gamers from all over coming together to share their passion for gaming. It’s only the second year of PAX South in San Antonio, but it’s already growing into a permanent staple to the San Antonio gaming community. This year was noticeably larger than last, and it shows no signs of slowing down. My personal favorite aspect of PAX is getting surprised by upcoming indie games that you’ve never heard of before, but that you can’t wait to play again when they release. There were a number of these this year, and these are three of my favorites.
Ultimate Chicken Horse
Enter the Gungeon
If you loved Journey, (let’s be honest, we all did) then you’ll love InnerSpace. Made by a small team of young new developers at PolyKnight Games, InnerSpace was kickstarted successfully in 2014, with an expected release date of May 2016. Like I said, it shares many similarities with Journey in its surreal, beautiful art style to an almost spiritual search for mysterious relics of the past. You play a cartographer flying in a bird-like plane, mapping various ‘bubble-worlds’, or the aforementioned ‘innerspace’. Like Journey, it’s an incredibly zen experience, but where I think it may have an edge up on its inspiration is in its tight flight controls. If you ever played Crimson Skies, you’ll be right at home exploring the various skies, seas, and cave-structures of InnerSpace. It’s a game I could see myself losing hours in, exploring every nook and cranny of the game world. Keep an eye out for this one, coming to PC (Steam) in May of 2016.
Do any of these indies tickle your fancy? Sound off below!