PAX RISING SHOWCASE

The PAX Rising Showcase is an intensely curated collection of games selected by the PAX Team and highlighted on the show floor. If a game is part of the Rising Showcase, it's because we believe the title stands out from the crowd in gameplay, entertainment, or inventiveness; regardless of which genres or platforms you favor.

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2022 GAME INDEX

We’ve received over a hundred game submissions, all from worthy indies eager to show off what they’ve been working on, and fed them to our judges. They are analyzed, critiqued, poked, prodded, and judged until only a few remain.  For this year, those few are:

Blind Fate: Edo no Yami
Cyber Knights: Flashpoint

Blind Fate: Edo no Yami

Developed by: Troglobytes Games/101XP
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform: PC, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch

Dive into a world that mixes Sci-Fi and ancient tradition. Slash through robots with a trusty katana use hi-tech implants to navigate the surroundings dodge enemy attacks and land devastating finishers. Reclaim the past following the way of the Japanese samurai in the fantastic period of New Edo.

Cyber Knights: Flashpoint

Developed by: Trese Brothers
Genre: Strategy RPG Turn-Based Tactics Cyberpunk
Platform: PC, Android / iOS

Turn-based tactics meets stealth, hacking, and powerful cyberware in our cyberpunk heist RPG.

Recruit & build your squad of hackers, mercs, and malcontents, but choose wisely who you trust and who you use. Their stories will become interwoven with your own as you navigate competing factions and personal agendas. Deep character build options and underworld networking will give you many ways to prepare for each job or even alter the level itself.

This is a unique strategy RPG, in an original far-future setting we've been working on for over ten years. Now you get to create your own story with every playthrough. Power, friendships, fortune... what will you risk and gain in Cyber Knights: Flashpoint?

DAVIGO
Demon's Mirror

DAVIGO

Developed by: Davigo Studio
Genre: Asymettrical VR Cross-Reality Multiplayer VR Action
Platform: PC

DAVIGO is a VR vs. PC "cross-reality" battle game. The VR player embodies a giant and faces off against one or more PC players in fast-paced explosive combat!

Demon's Mirror

Developed by: Be-Rad Entertainment
Genre: Strategy Card Battler Roguelike Deckbuilder
Platform: PC

Demon's Mirror is a roguelike deckbuilder blended with a strategic chain-3 battler. Use powerful cards and create massive chains to attack and defend against the enemy. Gain ever increasing powers as you traverse through a world filled with your worst nightmares.

Dwerve
Hostile Mars

Dwerve

Developed by: Half Human Games
Genre: Action-Adventure RPG with Tower Defense Combat
Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch

Dwerve is a tower defense dungeon crawler RPG. It tells the story of a young dwarven tinkerer that adventures into dwarven ruins to unearth the lost technologies of the ancient warsmiths: turrets and traps, the only weapons that can protect the dwarves from Witch-Queen Vandra and her army of bloodthirsty trolls and monstrous creatures. Engage in tactical turret-based combat that involves making strategic decisions about which turrets and traps to build and where. Upgrade your arsenal with over a dozen turrets and traps, each with its own unique upgrade tree. Discover powerful artifacts: an arrow-blocking shield, dashing boots, a bone-breaking boomerang, a ground-shaking hammer, and more! Unravel the history of dwarves and trolls in a story that features diverse characters and an unpredictable plot! Explore ancient dungeons in multiple biomes, each with hidden secrets, mysterious puzzles, and interesting lore! Adventure through dimly lit dungeons that come to life with fully dynamic lights and shadows!

Hostile Mars

Developed by: Big Rook Games
Genre: Open-World Tower Defense Factory Builder
Platform: PC, Xbox Series X|S, Playstation 5

Hostile Mars is an open-world tower defense game that focuses on resource management, automation, and technology progression. Design a base to withstand massive waves of enemies that reach into the thousands, all with realistic real-time physics. Combine different traps and turrets to creatively manipulate enemies in interesting ways. Push, pull, shock, bounce, explode, stick, trap, freeze, and smash incoming threats into scraps that can be used to expand your base. Explore the harsh environment for additional technologies and resources while fending off the legacy bots that have been abandoned from prior terraforming attempts.

Keylocker | Turn Based Cyberpunk Action
Orbitals

Keylocker | Turn Based Cyberpunk Action

Developed by: Moonana
Genre: Turn-Based Rhythm JRPG
Platform: PC, Playstation, Nintendo Switch

Keylocker is a Cyberpunk turn based rhythm JRPG inspired by the Mario&Luigi RPG series and Chrono Trigger in which you play as the singer and songwriter BOBO. Fuel your moves with the electric power of music in this unforgiving planet by using real-time execution of moves in rhythm game style! Battle the authorities unlock the secrets of Saturn play on your own bands' concerts and hack into the network to bring an end to this corrupt system for better or worse.

Orbitals

Developed by: Alleyway Games
Genre: Bullet Brawler Multiplayer Arena Fighter Party Game
Platform: PC, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch

Gladiators, Grenades and Gravity Boots! Players battle in arenas filled with monsters, opponents, and friends.

Be a flippin' space ninja! Control gravity to fight on any surface while mastering a variety of traversal mechanics, weapon types and devastating special abilities to dominate in the arena.

Single-player or Co-op story mode. Play with and against friends in online or local multiplayer party-mode mayhem.

Plunder Panic
Power Chord

Plunder Panic

Developed by: Will Winn Games
Genre: action arcade team-based competitive game party game fighting game
Platform: PC, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch

Plunder Panic is a swashbuckling action arcade-game for up to 12-players where two rival crews battle for supremacy on the high seas! Featuring both local and online play work with your crew to plunder booty defeat the enemy captain or scuttle their ship. The first team to capture an objective wins so be on the lookout for other sneaky pirates! Raise the Jolly Roger and dive into this blend of classic and modern games where retro graphics and simple controls meet fast-paced frantic arcade action. With multiple play modes unique power-ups and game changing modify-arrs there are hundreds of gameplay combinations guaranteed to shiver ye timbers! Plunder Panic features flexible team configurations including local online and AI-controlled players. Time to assemble your crew get all hands on deck and send your scurvy competition to Davey Jones' Locker!

Power Chord

Developed by: Big Blue Bubble
Genre: Roguelite Deck-builder
Platform: PC

Power Chord is a roguelike deck-building game that pits Earth's mightiest musicians in a battle of the bands against a demonic invasion. Assemble your band and battle your way through legions of demons as you discover new cards to enhance your instruments of destruction and take back the city one dive bar at a time.

Rusted Moss
The Wreck

Rusted Moss

Developed by: Faxdoc & happysquared & sunnydaze
Genre: metroidvania action physics anime platformer
Platform: PC

Brave your way through a beautiful but hostile landscape overtaken by rusting machine monstrosities in this bullet hell inspired metroidvania! With an elastic grappling hook, traverse devious terrain while blasting away at vicious enemies. Test your limits with tight combat that will push your gun slinging and grapple hooking abilities to their fullest. Uncover the mystery to mankind's fall. Dark folktales emerge as forgotten Fae come knocking on humanity's door.

The Wreck

Developed by: The Pixel Hunt
Genre: Visual Novel
Platform: PC

The wreck is a mature 3D visual novel about sisterhood motherhood grief and survival. Follow failed screenwriter Junon as she attempts to make it through the most pivotal day in her life. Relive the past alter the present and embrace the future - or watch Junon's story end in a wreck.

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