With PAX Prime on its way, details of what will be on the show floor are starting to come to light. But for the indie inclined, no news is more important or exciting as what this year’s Indie Megabooth will consist of. With 30 different studios showing off 30 incredible indie games, it is difficult to imagine an area that will be as packed with innovation as this.
Despite only being two minutes long, the trailer is filled with far too many titles for me to opine on them all. However, following the video is a list of all of the games featured (courtesy of Destructoid) as well as my highlights from the robust and diverse roster.
- A Valley Without Wind
- A Virus Named Tom
- Card Hunter
- Charlie Murder
- Chasing Aurora
- Code Hero
- Delvers Drop
- Dragon Fantasy Book II
- Drop That Beat Like An Ugly Baby
- Drunken Robot Pornography
- Dungeons Of Dredmor
- Go Home Dinosaurs
- Mark Of The Ninja
- Monster Loves You
- Octodad Dadliest Catch
- Quadrilateral Cowboy
- Runner2 Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien
- Skulls Of The Shogun
- Steambirds 2
- Super Time Force
- Toki Tori 2
Highlights include the following:
A Virus Named Tom: A puzzle game revolving around the completion of increasingly complicated circuitry. It is delivered under an amusing pretence, an adorable aesthetic and a difficulty that is uncompromising and ridiculously rewarding.
Dungeons of Dreadmor: A roguelike-like that has been one of the greatest releases of the year. Filled with amusing critters, a myriad of items and expansive RPG elements, the already incredible game has been improved upon continually by the attentive developers Gaslamp Games.
Skulls of the Shogun: The long-awaited, asynchronous turn-based strategy title coming from 17-BIT and aiming to launch alongside Windows 8. It has been somewhat of a PAX staple throughout its development, and each showing has only garnered more anticipation towards this accessible yet deep strategy title.
Vessel: Operating in the well-worn genre of puzzle-platformer but distinguishing itself immediately through its focus on fluid dynamics, Vessel is one of the best games I have played this year. The mechanics are so engaging that the story, which in itself is surprisingly accomplished and provoking, feels almost superfluous.
The Indie Megabooth was a popular addition to an event that many hold as the greatest in the industry. This year, it is not only returning, but returning with a vigour that every other booth should be incredibly envious of. It is slightly too early to say that this will be my highlight of the event, but… this will be my highlight of the event.