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5 Indie Video Games We Loved at PAX West 2017

5 Indie Video Games We Loved at PAX West 2017

Every year at PAX West in Seattle, Washington, you’ll find the biggest games and gaming events of the year. But nestled among the next Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, you’ll also find indie games created by teams as small as four people that are just as compelling and entertaining.

Here are just five of the most eye-catching and engaging indie video games from this year’s PAX West to put on your radar when you’re looking for a new gameplay experience or the next great game to play.

Knights And Bikes

Knights And Bikes

When you first see this quirky game with kids on bikes set in the 1980s, it’s hard not to think of The Goonies. Nessa and Demelz live on a fictional British island where they stumble upon a mystery: People are disappearing, and no one knows where to or why.

Together, the two friends set out to find the missing locals and uncover more than they ever expected. Explore the island, discover treasure, and rescue the island’s inhabitants in this gorgeous, hand-painted style game. Play by yourself or with a friend in co-op mode, but either way, be ready for a unique adventure.

(Foam Sword Games, published by Double Fine, coming 2018 to PlayStation 4/PC)

Moss

Moss

If you’ve never been sold on PlayStation VR, Moss might be the game to do it. This single player game stars the adorable Quill, an unlikely hero who undertakes an amazing adventure. As she explores a lush, vibrant world, you’ll use the VR headset and the controller to interact with it as you solve puzzles, battle enemies, and defeat the evil threatening the land.

Moss is only available for VR, putting you right in the middle of Quill’s adventure for a gameplay experience you’ve never had before.

(Polyarc Games, coming 2017 to PlayStation VR)

Necrobarista

Necrobarista

A visual novel inspired by the anime style of the Persona series, Necrobarista oozes atmosphere. The game is set in an alternate Melbourne, Australia where the dead are allowed to come back for just 24 hours. The cel-shaded anime art style is gloomy and mysterious, immediately giving the story a magical, otherworldly feel.

Its necromancer protagonist is just as enigmatic as the alternate world, setting up a compelling contemporary fantasy story that’s just waiting to be unraveled.

(Route 59 Games, coming 2018 to Nintendo Switch/PC and Mac)

Wandersong

Wandersong

Ever wonder why the knight is always the hero? In Wandersong, a colorful side-scrolling game made by a small team, the bard becomes the star of the story. The musical adventure game uses music and pattern recognition (rather than swinging a sword) to take on the bad guys in a family-friendly quest to save the world.

The bard is on a musical quest to collect pieces of the Earthsong. Along the way, you’ll meet strange characters packed with humor and personality. If you’ve ever wanted to save the world by singing, this is the game for you.

(Dumb and Fat Games, coming 2018 to PC/Mac)

West of Loathing

West of Loathing

Described as “Skyrim with stick figures,” West of Loathing is a one-of-a-kind game that combines a point-and-click adventure with a role-playing game. The game may be black and white, but the Old West setting and its inhabitants are still rather colorful.

Humor and adventure are mixed with turn-based combat in an open world that’s designed to be explored and played through time and time again.

(Asymmetric, now available for PC/Mac)

To discover more indie video games, catch Game Engine on Twitch every Tuesday at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific.

Featured Image: Wandersong, Dumb and Fat Games 

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