Six Games From PAX East for Mac
I was able to attend PAX East 2019 in Boston the other week. It was an absolute blast, and while the convention isn’t known for it’s Mac gaming offerings, there’s always something available. Here are six upcoming games I found at PAX for Mac I feel you should keep an eye on.
From the developers of Oxenfree comes Afterparty. Two best friends find themselves recently deceased and in hell. A deal with the devil will let them escape if they outdrink the demonic denizens as well as Satan himself. You’ll be able to explore hell as well as engage in a variety of choice-driven dialogue.
This premise is really fun. Every time I went by their booth at PAX it was filled up. Oxenfree was very well done and I expect this adventure to be even more thrilling.
Vambrace cold Soul
Vambrace Cold Soul is a story-driven adventure game. You’ll manage your party, meet all kinds of new characters, make tense combat decisions and explore the frozen world. The devs cite influences such as FTL, Darkest Dungeon and Castlevania.
Vambrace Cold Soul caught my eye with its positively gorgeous art style when I was walking around the convention. I actually came back to the booth everyday to play more and talk to the devs. They are very passionate to make a striking adventure game with a strong story and fun combat. From what I played I would say they succeeded and I can’t wait to get my hands on the full game when it comes out later this year.
Stay is a unique adventure game, in that most of the interaction happens through instant message. At first I thought it might be a typing game of some sort, but you don’t type anything yourself. The game’s mechanic is in you somehow are in contact with a man who was kidnapped and left in an abandoned building with his dingy computer and camera as his only contact with the outside world. The goal is to build his trust while figuring out why he’s there and how he can escape.
The charming pixel graphics and instant message format was very interesting setup for an adventure game. The hook of the game, in the name itself - is that when you’re away from the game it treats it as real time. And if you’re away for too long the man on the other side will behave a certain way or other consequences may occur so you’re encouraged to literally stay and play.
The game will make or break on how good, or long the story is. I was able to play for 20 minutes or so and it was pretty cool but I wouldn’t want a play through to be overly long either.
The World Next Door
The World Next Door was another visually striking game that made me want to check it out at a glance. Part visual-novel, part puzzle and part adventure game, The World Next Door is an action adventure game where your main character finds herself trapped in another world, and has to find a way out before she runs out of time. Inspired by anime and indie gaming, the unique “puzzle battles” is sure to intrigue you. You can play The World Next Door right now on Steam.
Iratus: Lord of the Dead
Lord of the Dead is possibly my personal favorite of the show. Easiest to describe as a “reverse Darkest Dungeon” you play the titular Iratus. Able to craft a wide variety of monsters for your army, you build your minions from parts and send them forth to conquer dungeons from the pesky humans. Story wise you’re trying to escape your dungeon prison and conquer the world.
The sheer monster and enemy variety is a big reason to keep your eye on this. There’s also skill trees, various alchemy and buffs, as well as base management. Combat was fun and complex, with an enemy sanity mechanic you could exploit to turn humans insane or combine abilities for large damage on low-sanity foes. Additionally your character can assist battles through magic casting.
If you like being the bad guy you’ll want to add Lord of the dead to your list.
The Church in the Darkness
The Church in the Darkness is a game I’ve had my eye on for awhile, and it was great to see it in person at PAX.
The game itself is a top-down action/infiltration title. Your character is trying to sneak into an extreme religious cult to check on a relative, but you quickly discover not everything may be as it seems.
The proceedings are rogue-like as every time you play the narrative shifts. You can be sneaky, violent, or explore and find clues all over the camp. A fully voiced story and multiple endings will keep you engaged when it’s out later this year.