Press release:
MELBOURNE, VIC – Aug. 13, 2018 – PAX Aus 2018, taking place 26-28 Oct. 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, will highlight six new and exciting titles from independent developers as part of this year’s PAX Aus Indie Showcase.

Chosen from a huge assortment of submissions by a panel of industry veterans, the six games join the ranks of previous Showcase winners such as Hollow Knight, Hacknet and Objects in Space. The 2018 PAX Aus Indie Showcase will be featured on the exhibition floor as part of PAX Rising, an area dedicated to indie games. The Indie Showcase is a snapshot of the best of the local industry, oozing innovation, style, and technical mastery.

“The rest of the world should fidget uncomfortably, because the work we see every year from Aussie and New Zealand developers is compelling beyond compare.” said Luke Lancaster, content manager, PAX Aus. “2018’s Indie Showcase winners are no different, and PAX is incredibly proud to share these six games with everyone come October.”

The winners of the PAX Aus Indie Showcase for 2018 are listed below.

Spin Rhythm
Developed by Super Entertainment
http://spinrhythmgame.com/

Spin Rhythm is fresh take on rhythm games featuring sharp, colourful visuals where players rotate in time with thumping upbeat music while riding through otherworldly environments.

Infliction
Developed by Caustic Reality
http://www.causticreality.com/

Infliction is a surreal horror title that explores the tragic secrets hidden the behind locked doors of an average suburban home. Relentlessly pursued by a vengeful spirit through the remnants of a once-happy family home, players must live long enough to piece together the events and choices that led the characters to this point and find a way to end the horror.

Double Shot
Developed by Aberrant Realities
https://doubleshotvr.com/

Double Shot brings bartending and gunslinging to the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality. Step into the shoes of a slick ‘80s action hero and use elite bartending skills to mix drinks, fend off bad guys and earn stacks of cash in a sleek futuristic setting.

Dissembler
Developed by Ian MacLarty
http://www.dissembler-game.com/

Dissembler is a subtle puzzle game about unravelling bold, abstract designs one colour at a time. Featuring over 120 hand-crafted levels, Dissembler is a gentle experience that guides the player through solving complex puzzles requiring planning and lateral thinking.

Major League teleBlast
Developed by Tim Veletta
http://www.majorleagueteleblast.com/

Major League teleBlast is a sports game with a twist. Outblast opponents in fast paced combat with up to 4 players using explosive teleportation powers that can cause damage to both yourself and others, making each round a hectic battle for supremacy

Mars Underground
Developed by Moloch Media
https://www.molochmedia.com/

Mars Underground, influenced by classic LucasArts adventure games and 16-bit SNES RPGs and films like Groundhog Day and Donnie Darko, is an apocalyptic adventure game where players can explore the possibilities of a time loop.

About PAX
PAX is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004. PAX connects the world’s leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 and a third in San Antonio in 2015, making it the three largest gaming shows in North America. The first international PAX was held in Melbourne in 2013, and has since become Australia’s largest gaming festival. The brand also expanded to include a dedicated tabletop expo PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, US, and will launch the new Powered by PAX events in Paris, France this April. http://www.paxsite.com

About ReedPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organizer. ReedPOP is devoted exclusively to organizing and managing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and working with premium brands in the pop culture world to deliver once in a lifetime experiences for fans everywhere. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South and Australia, EGX, EGX Rezzed, EGX Berlin, Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), BookCon, Oz Comic Con, Comic Con India, Comic Con Paris, Comic Con Seoul, Star Wars Celebration, ComplexCon and more. http://www.reedpop.com

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