PAX AUS announces 2023 Indie Showcase Winners

PAX AUS announces 2023 Indie Showcase Winners

The PAX AUS Indie Showcase is a chance to see some of the best new and upcoming titles from the ANZ digital and tabletop development scene, with past winners including such celebrated games as Unpacking, Hollow Knight, Yum Cha and many more. The 2023 Indie Showcase Winners are here, offering a host of experiences for attendees to look forward to!

Digital Winners - 2023

Copycat is the debut title from two-person Australian team ‘Spoonful of Wonder’ and is a narrative-driven indie game about rejection, belonging, and the meaning of home.

Drawing inspiration from StrayLife is Strange and The Stanley Parable, Copycat follows the story of a newly adopted shelter cat who becomes the victim of an elaborate plan when a jealous, stray copycat steals her place in the household. Through a branching narrative, players will wander alleyways, fences and rooftops searching for a family. 

Copycat will launch on Steam for PC

Visit The Dungeon Experience! A thrilling world of high fantasy run by me, a level 1 mud-crab turned entrepreneur. Put your real-world responsibilities on hold with a first-person guided adventure to achieve financial freedom and uncover the secrets of the mind hole.

Involving previous PAX AUS Indie Showcase 2016 Winner Jacob Janerka (Paradigm), The Dungeon Experience is sure to be another hilarious and unique experience.

The Dungeon Experience is coming to Steam for PC

A Pulp Adventure Thriller from the makers of Crawl – A drifter, murdered, finds himself alive again seconds before his death. Struggling to maintain his sanity, can he unravel the conspiracy surrounding his condition and those hunting him?

The Drifter is a fast-paced take on the point-and-click adventure. Optimised for gamepad with unique twin-stick controls.

The Drifter is coming to Steam on PC

Crash Course Builder is an intense, quick twitch, rhythm racer filled with screen-rattling explosions and hilarious rag doll physics. Crash your kart through insane obstacle courses uploaded from around the globe or build your own to challenge your friends!

Crash Course Builder is coming to Steam for PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation 5

darkwebSTREAMER is a psychological horror RPG streaming simulation game. Play as an occult streamer on the dark web, exploring the internet for the weirdest and creepiest things you can find in order to bring them back to your stream and impress your audience enough to gain those sweet, sweet likes and subscribers. Unfortunately for you, the supernatural is real — the more you engage with the darkness of the web, the more it will engage with you. Survive your increasingly haunted apartment – as well as your deranged fans – on your mission to become the #1 ranked streamer… or die trying.

Hailed as one of their most anticipated indie games by outlets such as IGN, Kotaku and PCGamer, darkwebSTREAMER is completely procedurally generated, meaning every time you play you’ll encounter a different world, different characters, different internet and a different story every time.

darkwebSTREAMER is coming to Steam for PC

Primordials Legends: Hollow Hero tells the tale of Brunt, an anthropomorphic combat wombat on her first adventure in the fantasy world, Eridal. Embark on this epic 3rd person action-filled adventure, uncover how this world came to be, and meet new legends that will help shape the future of Eridal!

Primordials Legends: Hollow Hero is coming to Steam for PC

Tabletop Winners

Boba Master is a very engaging card game about making bubble tea. It’s full of action, easy to pick up and gets rowdy very quickly. Steal from your opponents, force them to make mistakes. Stir up the game by swapping hands or even swapping bubble teas. Be the first to complete your bubble teas and become the Boba Master!

Designer Quokka Games return after their previous PAX AUS Indie Showcase 2022 win for their game Yum Cha!

Preorder Boba Master direct from Quokka Games

Once a year, Surge RumbleBoom’s Festival of Explosions draws the dwarves from the Hammer and Crown, trading indoor quarrels for festive fun. A wild extravaganza, the Festival of Explosions is the perfect cover for plotting in the shadows to win the crown, but even the best laid plans can falter amidst the merry chaos of feasting, fireworks, and games. The Festival of Explosions marks the first expansion to Kingless. Allowing players to combine tried-and-true schemes with 52 new cards packed with fresh mechanics, characters, items, events, and something truly different to win the crown!

Sell your wares on a seasonal journey full of wonder and self-discovery. Saltfish & Almanacs is a storytelling RPG about a merchant company embarking on their yearly journey through new and familiar places. You and your fellow merchants travel your trade route, experiencing life on the road, before visiting bustling port towns and quaint inland villages. As you buy and sell goods, you’ll craft your own story of discovery, love, passion, and what it means to be parted. How will your journey change you?

Buy Saltfish & Almanacs now direct from the creators

Alien Frenzy is a wildly chaotic and competitive card game that plunges players head first into an alien invasion. The game unfolds in two thrilling phases with gameplay designed for 2-4 players. Who will be the last player standing amidst the frenzy of the Alien Invasion? Only the most strategic and resilient will emerge victorious!

Alien Frenzy is coming to KickStarter soon!

as always, Player2 will be going in-depth with this years winners in the lead-up to PAX AUS 2023 which is taking place October 6-8. Look out for our coverage in the coming months!

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