PAX East just wrapped up in Boston, MA, and once again there were dozens of great games on display. Everything from big-name brands to first-time indie developers came out to showcase their work and demo their products. I managed to snag a pass to the expo, and these were the coolest games I saw during that weekend.
The Moon Fields
Described to me as PvP Legend of Zelda, I couldn’t help but stop and try this multiplayer melee game. You can choose from several different characters, all with different strengths, before you’re dropped in an arena-style versus battle. Playable characters have different stats, which means you can focus on different play styles.
I chose a high health option as I figured I’d lose pretty bad my first time around, but you can also choose more aggressive, lower health characters if that’s more your style. This game was pretty fast-paced, with matches ending quickly with match point scoring. Local co-op options make this game a fun choice for parties or evenings with your friends, especially in a world where it seems like more and more games are pushing online play.
You can purchase a first access key of The Moon Fields on itch.io
Moonlighter is an action RPG that takes place in the small village of Rynoka. This village is placed near the entrance to a series of caves. These caves are dangerous, as they are filled with violent monsters and creatures, but the treasures lurking within the caves is enough to attract adventurers nonetheless.
Players will control Will, a shopkeeper, who dreams of being an adventurer exploring the cave. During the day he sells items to villagers, but at night he dives into the caves to search for treasure; you can find valuables, crafting materials, and other goods as you battle your way through the levels. As you explore the caves, you can find gates to new areas, with each one becoming more and more difficult to navigate.
Moonlighter is slated to launch in 2018 for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, Mac, and Linux.
Jenny LeClue Detectivu
This game is a narrative adventure that focuses on the eponymous character Jenny LeClue. Bored with her hometown, she often dreams of adventure, but gets more than she bargains for when her mother is accused of murder. Jenny takes the case and must explore her hometown in order to uncover the mystery and clear her mother’s name.
The gameplay itself is highly interactive, with there being clickable elements on nearly every inch of the screen. Players can explore areas, look for clues, investigate suspects, and discover more about the town that Jenny has been living in. One of the most interesting aspects of the game is the fact that it houses a story within a story; the game is narrated by an author who documents Jenny’s life, and players will be able to affect his story as the progress through the game.
Jenny LeClue Detectivu is available to pre-order today.
Monster Prom is an interactive dating simulator that gives you three weeks to snag a date for Monster Prom. Make game-altering decisions, encounter hilarious situations, and seduce your classmates as you explore your high school. Interestingly enough, this game is a competitive dating sim with the capability to have up to four people playing local co-op.
This booth was packed every time I passed it during PAX with nearly everyone walking away from it with a smile on their face. This game will undoubtedly be one of the more talked about dating games to hit the market soon, especially since it caters to a wide variety of audiences. Monster Prom features six romanceable classmates that aren’t limited by gender or sexuality. Afterall, monsters don’t like boys or girls – they like monsters.
Monster Prom releases April 27 on Steam and you can pre-order it today.
This game gets an honorable mention, as there wasn’t any gameplay available at PAX East. That being said, there was a pretty rad trailer, and the premise alone is enough to get me hooked. This hack-and-slash dungeon crawler lets you equip romanceable weapons and level them up as you progress through the game. There are several different options to choose from, and you presumably encounter more the further you get.
The game is still in development, and won’t be released until 2019, but I’m going to keep a close eye on Boyfriend Dungeon until then.
While this certainly wasn’t a complete list of all the great games at PAX East this year, these five titles stood out due to their creativity and charm. PAX has consistently delivered when it comes to showcasing indie titles and developers, so if you’re interested in seeing some of these games in action, be sure to check out PAX West in Seattle, WA this autumn.