We're returning today with Part 2 of our PAX East 2012 Indie Experience rundown! With so many games to go through, we simply needed a breather, and figured you'd all like to take some time to absorb the plethora of games we've already featured.
The Indie was strong with PAX East 2012, with several companies pitching in on one large booth section to show off around 20 games in space usually reserved for the huge AAA publishers and developers, plus the Boston Indie Showcase taking part in the PAX East Indie scene as well. We had a blast checking out and demoing these titles!
Here we go!
A sort of physics puzzler, Vessel features many kinds of liquids, each with their own properties. Players must solve the chaos they cause by manipulating them into behaving.
Already released, the team offered 20% off their sale price for a DRM-free copy during PAX!
We tried this in-development turn-based ghost-samurai strategy game at PAX, and were thrilled with the unique art style and intuitive, engaging gameplay. You play as a dead general who must bludgeon his way to the top in the afterlife.
Up to four players can participate - it'll be released for Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and Windows PC!
Released already for the PS Vita, Mutant Blobs Attack is a puzzle platformer starring a hungry blob who needs to eat and grow to bypass obstacles.
DrinkBox also had their Metroid-vania action-platformer, Guacamelee, available for demo in their booth. This one is in development still, and makes combat moves not only necessary to defeat enemies, but to move around the map in some cases.
If we could mow the lawn like this IRL, it wouldn't be viewed as a chore any longer! Available on several app stores now, the player, well, mows the lawn.
Deceptively simple yet allowing for tons of fun play options, this cel-shaded puzzle game is both eye-catching and addicting.
In this puzzle game featuring adorable creatures called the Pilcri, the little guys all move in unison to achieve various goals - a mechanic that is somehow frustrating, useful, and cute all at the same time.
This one will be coming to several mobile and console platforms, plus PC.
This award-winning freeware game is all about collecting crates, in an effort to bring back the glory days of high score lists and arcade action.
PAX-goers seemed to enjoy the retro feel, and the nostalgia it stirs up!
While seating arrangements isn't generally anyone's idea of fun, Popcannibal has made it into an awesome, brain-teasing pile of fun. Make the tile-people happy by putting them near their friends, balancing a crowd of very different personalities!
The perpetual motion makes this one quite hectic, the simple mechanic adding a layer of difficulty we hadn't quite expected! Play as a cursed jumping bean on your way to rescue your true love - if that isn't an epic plot, we don't know what is!
You play an energetic stuntman and hit cues on the set, which are then all replayed back to you cinematic-style. With lots of ways to hurt yourself AND be awesome, what's not to love?
They've also recently announced a new project - Joe Danger: The Movie. With this much polish in earlier games, it should be exciting to see what they come up with next.
In a breakthrough of locational gaming, Tap City 2 not only allows you to draw from your current surroundings, but to travel virtually to other locations to find more to do. This one has massive potential to go viral, as the development team seems to have in mind plans that will make check-in a non-issue and social interaction a breeze.
They're offering Beta invites via early access gameplay, for those patient enough to tap their way to the top. A fun contest was also deployed, challenging players to take over Boston in the original Tap City before the end of the convention!
Last but not least, this free-to-play hardcore Indie Facebook game allows players worldwide to build realms, control minions, outfit dungeons, and pillage for loot with a complexity not usually found in general Facebook gaming fare.
At their PAX East booth they gave away PAX 2013 tickets and unveiled their new Mobile Companion app, Dogma! They're also giving away free resources to new players at their PAX page!
There you have it, a full rundown of the Indie presence at PAX East 2012. If you missed the first part, be sure to check it out here. Also don't miss Curse's full PAX East 2012 coverage at our YouTube channel, where you can subscribe for brand new, unique content every day!