Jon did an exhaustive survey of all the indie hits at PAX West 2018. What were his highlights? Read on to find out.Read More
PAX WEST 2017 IS OVER.
Glad and sad at the same time - I’m exhausted and overwhelmed, but I know there are some games out there that I didn’t get my mitts on and that bothers me. C’est la vie.
My struggle has borne a few seeds of promise; let us review.
BEST OF SHOW........Read More
After 72 days of PAX West, Jon has returned with his thoughts on several games he had a chance to play on the show floor.Read More
“Are you playing the doggy game?”
That is the question my 2 year old gave me the other day as he ran into my office after a nap.
The doggy game is Dog Sled Saga, described by it’s developers as “a simple arcade racing game where you throw food to your dogs, surrounded by a rich team management layer.”
So he likes the doggy game. He likes that they all wag their tails and they bark, he likes when I throw the dogs treats and they eat them, and he especially likes that you can pet the dogs (which, on the iPhone, he liked even more).
I also like the doggy game. It oozes charm with it’s attractive pixel-art style, a fun soundtrack, and dogs (I was always going to like it because of the dogs). The racing gameplay is simple and works well with mouse or touchscreen (they demo’d at PAX with an NES controller, but I’ve not tried that at home), with simple touch/release commands and some swiping, but it’s more than enough to keep you active during a sled race.
Aside from being one of the easiest titles to share with my little ones, it’s one of the better strategy/management sims in recent memory - the game is deceptively simply in presentation, but quite a bit of depth is there to be found.Read More
Greg Lobanov was kind enough to meet with me at PAX and discuss his upcoming game, Wandersong, and let me bother him with lots of other questions.
In the words of it’s creator, Greg Lobanov, Wandersong is -
“....a musical adventure game about a bard. You travel around the world, sing to people, use your music to solve people's problems and solve puzzles.”Read More
Chris runs through his top games he saw at PAX West 2016.Read More
In anticipation of PAX West 2016, I spent the last few weeks doing some homework to determine what games will be at the show that I wanted to check out and potentially feature. Once I had compiled the data and sorted through it all, I emailed the respective developers to see if they’d mind speaking with me - seems a lot of devs are washing their hair this weekend.
The side effect of my efforts is the pages and pages of notes and information (and unanswered emails). Since I’m a big fan of recycling, I decided to turn them into a post as the effort is effectively nil, comprising of primarily Ctrl+C followed by a Ctrl+V and a little bit of the ol’ spellchecker.
In order to further minimize my efforts, I’ve distilled it down to the 5 games that I think are “absolutely can’t miss” at PAX.Read More