Pax East 2016 is just over a week away, and while the majority of our time is going to devoted to the Indie MEGABOOTH, various Indie Developer booth, the Indie Minibooth and the PAX Rising Booth, we did want to bring attention to six very special indie games:
These are the six games that make up the PAX East Indie Showcase, a collection of the best indie games you’ve never heard of available on mobile platforms”. Our focus at IndieHangover tends towards PC, but Mobile games hold a special place in our hearts, for a variety of reason. While there’s certainly a focus on puzzle games (with three of the six showcase games being puzzle games), it’s nice to see some real variety. We’ve seen Antihero before at last years Indie Minibooth, and it’s a superb strategic, 4X game that wasn’t something I expected to see on the mobile platform.
Here is a brief rundown of the six games, as detailed by PAX themselves. We’ll be back with our impressions on the games after we’ve cleared post-PAX recovery!
A Tofu Tail
A Tofu Tail is a whimsical, narrative-driven puzzle game about a man-turned-tofu by a deceptive fox spirit, the Kitsune. Help Mr. Tofu find his true form as he fights his way across 100+ levels in the surreal Kitsune maze realms! The unique hand-drawn art style, extensive retro(ish) soundtrack, and challenging maze puzzles will have you second guessing your assumption that this is a standard block roller! And don’t let Mr. Tofu know your doubt – he can’t help his forced cuboid appearance!
Developer: Tim Conkling
Fast-paced strategy with an (Oliver) Twist. Run a thieves’ guild in a gas-lit city overrun by corruption and greed. (Single-player and asynchronous multiplayer.)
Developer: Gingear Studio
Open Bar is a unique cocktail-flavoured puzzle to be enjoyed at all times. Explore an endless stream of addictive, shot-like puzzles. Earn rewards & unlock new cocktails. Enjoy slick motion design animations, refreshing sound FXs and a catchy soundtrack. Each (tasty) level is completed in 3 moves. Sounds easy? Don’t worry, challenge will come your way, whether you have 1 or 60 minutes to spend.
Developer: Muro Studios
Shadow Bug is a new kind of platformer game for mobile with emphasis on adventure and speedrunning. The control scheme of the game is specifically designed for touch screens. You play as Shadow Bug and try to stop the evil factory from polluting your forest home. You do this by tapping on enemies and slicing them to pieces.
Developer: SMG Studio
Get sideways and burn rubber in the ultimate endless drifter; Thumb Drift.
Whether you know how to drift or not, you’ll enjoy sliding sideways around the corners to compete for the highest score.
Developer: Andrew J. Adams
Unmatch is a mobile puzzle game about not matching. Separate similarly colored hexagons to complete puzzles, and reveal the potential patterns that chaos can provide. Open your mind to the power of diversity and understanding that similarity is not the only way to organize. Stop matching, Unmatch.