Indie Thunder from Down Under: PAX AUS Presents Indie Showcase Winners

A Winner is You! Presenting the best of the PAX Aus Indie Showcase contestants

Tuesday May 9th, 2013– As part of the sold out PAX Australia 2013 Festival, ReedPOP and Penny Arcade launched the inaugural PAX Aus Indie Showcase. The contest brings focus to the best and brightest indie games to emerge from the Australia and New Zealand region. Chosen from some 60 submissions, here are the 6 winners of the event:

Antichamber Developed by Alexander Bruce

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Antichamber is a mind-bending psychological exploration game where nothing can be taken for granted. Discover an Escher-like world where hallways wrap around upon each other, spaces reconfigure themselves, and accomplishing the impossible may just be the only way forward.

Visit the official Antichamber website.

Black Annex Developed by Man Fight Dragon

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Black Annex is an action/strategy game wherein the player operates the hands-on business of corporate sabotage and infiltration. Manage company resources, customise and outfit your agents before deploying them to steal, destroy, kidnap and kill as the mission and your own choices dictate. The player will need to divide their time between taking care of business at Black Annex where they’ll be represented by the PERSONA of their choice from their collection of agents, and then taking direct control of up-to five agents deployed to various missions spanning a number of unique, corporate locations.

Visit the Black Annex website

DuetDeveloped by Kumobius

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DUET is a fast-paced, classical arcade flyer. Your survival is dependent on protecting two vessels – they are devices in sync, a dance and song between two entities tethered together in symbiosis. Return to an age of high scores and edge of your seat terror where the world around you becomes quiet and numb as all that matters is the game living between your palms.

Visit the Kumobius website

Fractured Soul Developed by Endgame Studios

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Fractured Soul is a retro-styled platform game like Mega Man, except that it is played across both screens of the 3DS at once. It features: 5 worlds – each with unique properties on the upper screen (inverted gravity for example), shmup sections, and online leaderboards to compete for the best speedrun times in the world.

Visit the Fractured Soul website

InFlux Developed by Impromptu Games

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InFlux is a puzzle game that mixes exploration and puzzle platforming in a series of beautiful natural and abstract environments. You are a mysterious metal sphere that falls from the sky, traversing an apparently deserted island dotted with cubic structures of glass and steel. Each glasshouse presents a puzzle to be solved.

Visit the Impromptu Games website

Read our Review of InFlux

MacGuffin’s CurseDeveloped by Brawsome

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When fugitive magician Lucas MacGuffin bungles a museum robbery, he finds himself bound to an ancient amulet, trapped in a city in high-tech lockdown, and suddenly fighting the urge to scratch himself. As a human, Lucas is agile and cunning. As a gigantic wolf, he’d rather smash anything in his way. Only by transforming between the two forms, cleverly utilising both sets of skills, will he stand any chance of lifting his curse. Along the way he’ll need to befriend a hilarious cast of characters, convince the city its most beloved citizen is a terrifying criminal mastermind, and hardest of all, teach his daughter it isn’t funny to fill the fridge with dog food.

Visit the Brawsome website

The sold out PAX Australia festival will take place at the Melbourne Showgrounds from July 19-21, 2013.

Visit the Official Pax Australia website

Adam Fimio

AKA Callabrantus [Toronto, Canada] has been an avid gamer since playing his first arcade game when he was two years old. Years later, he still dives into games on a daily basis hoping to recreate the high from that first hit.

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