This year’s PAX 10 has been announced. Ten of the best indie games in regards to gameplay and fun will be shown at PAX Prime 2012 in Seattle, including action, arcade, puzzle, and even a non-graphical party game running solely on OSX. How’s that for creative?
Few of these Indie games explore traditional themes, opting for more outside-the-box creativity in gameplay, design, and visuals. A great example is Splice, by Cipher Prime. This experimental and artistic puzzler puts you in a microbial world where you need to rearrange strands of cells in a limited number of moves. Each move results in interesting reactions from other cells, so experimentation is key.
Many of these games are still in beta stages, and not a lot of information has been released about them yet. The Bridge is an M.C. Escher physics puzzler; turn the images around to turn walls into floors and maneuver your way through physically impossible visions. But there’s so little information about the game that we can’t even tell you what platform it will be on (the PAX 10 site says PC, but the game site doesn’t say anything; note that the PAX 10 site says Splice is also PC, but the game also has a Mac client).
However, of the ten games in the list, we can confirm at least six of them are or will become available for Mac or iOS. This is great to see, as it expands the kind of games that Mac and iOS gamers will get access to when experimental Indie developers are willing to include these platforms for their games.