Pre-PAX East Quick Reviews
With PAX East coming up in a few days and GDC only just having passed, there’s a lot of games that have been or will be announced, demoed, teased, and released. Here’s a few indie titles I’ve gotten to check out that will have booths at PAX East.
Witch It is a standalone prop hunt game by Barrel Roll Games similar to the PropHunt mode for Garry’s Mod. However, Witch It comes with a high dose of charming low poly graphics that refuses to take itself too seriously and go a long way to set the mood. Currently in Early Access and always being improved upon, you play as either speedy little transforming witches or oafish hunters using unconventional methods to track them down. With each round, the nine maps are randomly filled with objects the witches can transform into if they choose while the hunters use chickens, potatoes, pickles, and the impact of their own body weight after a fall to discern who’s what. If you’re a streamer who enjoys playing with your audience or you always seems to have too many people for most team games, this is definitely one to consider.
Available now for $14.99 on Steam Early Access for Windows. Find it at Booth #22055.
The core concept behind this amazing little rogue-lite pixel-based gem created by JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom and published by Devolver Digital is simple: you have sixty seconds to try to complete your quests. The charming characters and small mundane adventure keep you engaged but the short bursts of play don’t force you commit too much time to runs. The only thing that could make it more perfect would be if it were available on mobile devices or the Switch in addition to Steam, PlayStation 4, and XBox One. As it is, this is a great game to fill the queue gaps when playing things like League of Legends, Overwatch, and similar games.
Available now for $9.99 on Steam, PS4, and XBox One. Find it at Devolver Digital’s Booths #18090 and #18096.
This is a cute if sometimes frustrating sailing exploration game from Popcannibal that places the player as one of the sole survivors of a ship wreck that is trying to return a set of mystical chimes. While the story isn’t terribly deep or important to the gameplay, it does give some reference and framework to the game as a whole. It also models its physics and densities on their real world equivalents, giving anyone with practical sailing or boat design experience a leg up. Make Sail also includes some Twitch integration, which makes it another solid choice for variety streamers who want a quieter atmosphere. If you like the premise of Sea of Thieves but want a more relaxed and laidback approach and something more akin in visuals to Breath of the Wild, Make Sail is definitely worth considering throughout the rest of its development.
Available now for $19.99 on Steam Early Access for Windows.
There’s a lot to see at PAX East this weekend and it’ll be impossible to see everything. Even if you can’t attend, keep an eye out for these.