PAX AUS NEXT Exhibit Finalists Announced

PAX AUS NEXT Exhibit Finalists Announced

As IndieHangover has evolved, we’ve become more and more interested in the most underrepresented of Indie Games, the indies that have a particularly hard time finding an audience in the marketplace, or present a viewpoint that’s atypical for the genre currently. The stories these types of indies tell are diverse, emotional and heartfelt, and that’s always amazing to explore and investigate.

We’ve also tried to grow our partnerships with the groups and organizations that help support these projects and devs (most recently Friendship Garden out of NYC). So, we wanted to help shine a light on the NEXT Exhibit that’ll be at this year’s PAX Aus on October 26tt through the 28th.

NEXT Exhibit a showcase highlighting the work of queer, PoC and otherwise underrepresented developers at the forefront of what games can do, front and centre at Australia’s largest consumer games event. We’re moving diversity beyond the “101” discussions and into the public eye. These games exploring issues like mental health, trans representation, serious illness, and autism will be one of the first things PAX Aus attendees will see upon entering the expo.

The NEXT Exhibit is being presented by Big Ant Studios, with sponsorship and support from Xbox Australia,The Working Lunch, Dinosaur Polo Club, Defiant Development and Game As You Are.

The lineup for the NEXT Exhibit was just announced (thus this article), and it’s a fantastic set of games:

Before I Forget
A narrative exploration game about a woman with dementia. Guide Sunita around the house to discover her past, in order to understand her present. Created by 3-fold games.


She and the Light Bearer
A beautifully illustrated point and click adventure inspired by the Indonesian folktale of Ibu Pertiwi, about mother earth. Created by @crystalnyam and @SheTheGame


The story of Bia, a trans teenager in her high school years who has recently moved to a new town. Created by Pugcorn.


Boyfriend Dungeon
Romance your swords! Capture the hearts of weapons (m, f, nb) to level them up in this “shack-and-slash” dungeon crawling adventure. Forge relationships and save Love itself! Created by Kitfox Games.


An Aspie Life
An experimental adventure game about life with autism. “The player’s actions in the game will have to adapt to how an autistic person sees the world.” Made by EnderLost Studio.

Explore the past as you resolve the present in Anamorphine, a surreal adventure of rendered emotions. Anamorphine explores PTSD and loss. Made by Artifact 5

If you’re in Melbourne next month for PAX Aus, then make sure to check out the NEXT Exhibit and take a look at these games.

You can learn more about the NEXT Exhibit and RSVP here.

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Editor-in-Chief of With a soft spot for epics, sagas and tales of all types, Jacob approaches games as ways to tell stories. He's particularly interested in indie games because of the freedom they have to tell different stories, often in more interesting and innovative ways than Triple A titles.