For the fourth year in a row, developers, journalists and gamers travelled across Australia to Melbourne for PAX Australia, the largest video game convention on our wonderful and large continent. We all gather to check out the latest offerings from the giants of the industry such as Nintendo and Ubisoft, to learn from the leaders in our fields in packed panels rooms and to celebrate our love for games. But most importantly, it’s a chance for gamers from around Australia to get a taste for our local indie games scene, and a chance for indie developers to show off their games to the public.
It’s such a big part of PAX Australia that there is a whole section of the main show floor dedicated to Aussie and New Zealand indie developers and their games, called ‘PAX Rising’. I’d be lying if I said my favourite part of PAX Aus wasn’t roaming PAX Rising, talking to developers about their games and having an opportunity to play incredibly unique and often fantastic indie games. Many of which are being shown for the first time! So, after trying out dozens of new indie ventures, here are five of my favourite indie games from PAX Aus 2016.