PAX AUS announces Indie Showcase 2017 winners

Posted: 16 August 2017 10:45 am News

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Six winners have been selected from over 100 entrants.

Each year, the folks at PAX AUS choose a handful of indie games to showcase on the show floor. Last year, we saw the hilarious point-and-click adventure Paradigm, the red-hot Wildfire and the addictive Metro Station. It was a stellar line-up to be sure (as always there was a ton of talent on the rest of the show floor, too).

Today, PAX AUS has announced the winners of 2017's indie showcase. Here are the clever buggers who took the win:

  • EarthWork Games with Forts
  • Ninja Thumbs with Grabity
  • Shadowplay Studios with Projection
  • Lunar Rooster with Sky Noon
  • Growl Interactive with Virtually Impossible


EarthWork's Forts is a physics-based RTS where players build their fortresses from the ground up and rig it with cannons, lasers and the like. The idea is to build a sturdy fortress of your own while simultaneously gunning for your opponent's structural weak points.


Auckland's Ninja Thumbs is bringing arena brawler Grabity to PAX AUS this year. Players will lean on twitch-reflexes to wield the grab gun, which pulls in random objects the player can then use as a helpful shield or as a devastating projectile. Local multiplayer arena brawlers like Swordy and Arena Gods dominated the show floor last year. We're looking forward to seeing what kind of crowd a showcased arena brawler can pull.


Sydney's Shadowplay Studios will shed some light on its upcoming 2D platformer Projection.

This shady adventure uses light manipulation as a puzzle-solving mechanic in a story inspired by tales from Indonesia, China, Turkey, Greece and England.

Sky Noon

Auckland's Lunar Rooster brings its multiplayer FPS, Sky Noon, to PAX this year, although "multiplayer FPS" doesn't really do it justice. This first-person wild western tasks players with knocking each other off the edge of the map à la Super Smash. Players use a variety of weapons to knock their enemies off and a lasso and grappling hook to keep themselves afloat.

The Gardens Between

Recently, The Gardens Between released a series of soothing, atmospheric trailers that immediately caught our attention, and we've been itching to see more since.

The Gardens Between follows two childhood friends across a series of abstract islands littered with memories from their youth.

Check out The Voxel Agents' tranquil trailers below.

Virtually Impossible

Richmond's Growl Interactive brings Virtually Impossible: The Impossible VR Party Game to PAX. VR games at PAX are almost as much fun to watch as they are to play, and Virtually Impossible seems like it's going to be a riot to watch.

It looks to be a dangerous combination of WarioWare and virtual reality, and we can't wait to embarrass ourselves on the show floor.

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