Top 10 Indies from PAX West 2019

PAX West was this past weekend and it seems like every indie game that wasn’t at Gamecom showed up at PAX instead. Similar to Gamescom I wasn’t able to attend the event in person, but have been digging through Twitter, the Indie MEGABOOTH, and info from the MIX showcase. I’ve whittled down the titles here to ten that interested me the most. Hopefully something here catches your eye. Without further adieu, let’s begin.

10. Going Under

Platforms: Windows, Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

First up we have a dungeon crawler. Have you ever wanted to be a broke-ass millennial intern who slaves away for experience rather than money? Neither have I. Despite that, Going Under lets you take on that very same role as you explore the ruins of a failed tech start-up. The game looks to have some tongue and cheek humour to provide laughs while you progress through the dungeons.

9. PHOGS!

Platforms: Windows

PHOGS! looks like another co-op game I’ll enjoy playing with my SO. You and your co-op partner of choice control a two headed dog as you work your way through various challenges. The heads each of you control are on opposite ends of the creature’s body so you will have work together in this delightfully silly looking game. It looks equal parts hilarious and frustrating and I look forward to being able to play it in future.

8. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

Platforms: Windows, Switch, PlayStation 4

Sakuna is a game a friend told me about a while ago. The game appears to be a combination of a farming sim and action platformer. You play as a young harvest goddess who must prove her worth by bettering the local mountain village through protecting them from the demons in the surrounding landscape as well as harvesting rice to help feed them. I tend to like both of those things, so it’ll be neat to see how this one shapes up.

7. Raji: An Ancient Epic

Platforms: Windows, Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Raji is an action adventure game set in ancient India where you play as a young girl appointed by the gods to stop a demonic invasion. India has some crazy mythology and the combat looks neat from what is shown in the trailer. I’m especially interested to see if multiple combat arenas have features which can be interacted with for special combat techniques.

6. Spring Falls

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android

I like quiet, relaxing puzzle games and Spring Falls looks to meet that description. There’s not much else to say here beyond that. I look forward to playing this one and seeing all of the different mechanics that are utilized with the hexagonal grid style when it launches later this year.

5. Sparklite

Platforms: Windows, Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Pixel-art and giant bosses! Two things that are very much in my wheel house. Sparklite looks like an absolute blast, and the promise of crafting your own gadgets has me hoping there will be some non-linear exploration elements to the game as well. The trailer also gives me some Zelda vibes, which is rarely a bad thing.

4. Ambrosia

Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 4

A self described “megavania”, Ambrosia looks to throw its hat into the ring among the many other non-linear platforming adventures that exist in the indie space. The art is fantastic. Hopefully there is some solid exploration in the mix to make this game as fun as it looks.

Also a note, while googling the game I found an adult game of the same name on Steam. For some reason the adult game came first in my search results. Do not confuse the two. They’re very different.

3. Praey for the Gods

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

I’ve had my eyes on this one for a while now. Praey for the Gods launched into Steam Early Access back in January and has been releasing relatively frequent updates over the year. I’m waiting for the full release and am very excited to climb up some giant bosses while surviving on a frozen mountain. There is also a grappling hook which makes the game ten percent cooler.

Also, if you’re wondering about the goofy spelling of praey read this article via Polygon.

2. SUPERLIMINAL

Platforms: Windows

SUPERLIMINAL is another game I was shown by a friend when it was just a prototype without a name. It’s a puzzle game that uses forced perspective to adjust the size of objects. The concept is incredibly novel and I can’t wait to see how it actually manifests across the whole game.

1. N1RV Ann-A

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Switch, PlayStation 4

VA-11 Hall-A is getting a sequel! I AM EXCITE! More bartender visual novel goodness. Sukeban’s previous game is one that resonated strongly with me on a very personal level, so I’ll most assuredly be playing their next game. I’m hopeful that N1RV Ann-A covers the same kinds of mature themes and mundane problems and is as relatable as the previous game.


There you go. Ten more neat looking games! Shout-out to Children of Morta, which was also at PAX West, but didn’t make the list because I’m already playing it and intend to review it. Look for that in the coming weeks.

Did anything here catch your eye? Did I miss some of your favourite games from PAX this year? Let me know in the comments (or on twitter).

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4 thoughts on “Top 10 Indies from PAX West 2019

  1. Oh my…Raji looks incredibly polished! Especially when considering that it’s Nodding Heads Games’ first project. I get strong Prince of Persia meets Dark Souls vibes.

    When you play PHOGS, you have to stream, write a review or otherwise share your experiences, preferably all three! The game looks like a blast to play!

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    1. Right? The trailer completely took me by surprise as I’d never heard of it before. Very keen to play the final product (though admittedly that’s true of everything listed here).

      Streaming is probably a no go. I have no problems with doing it, but my co-op partner isn’t too keen to broadcast games to the world. However…if a particularly good video comes out of the footage capture I do for review screenshots/gifs I might upload that to twitter.

      That reminds me…I haven’t had a candid funny moment get picked up during my recordings for a couple months now. Hmm…

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      1. Then you need a better co-op partner. “Honey, we can’t play games anymore. I think we should see other people.”

        I’m kidding, of course. Do whatever fits you and your partner’s preferences, I just wanted to say that I am interested in your opinion of this game 🙂

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