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Toy Mania

Wander

Framed

Framed

Black Annex

Lunar Flight

TownCraft

Burden

Deck War

InFlux

Epoch 2

Bitrave Games

One of the big surprises of PAX Australia was the indie developer section in the main hall.

The incredible range of games on display — from addictive mobile puzzlers through to immersive PC titles — was awe inspiring, as was the sheer level of excitement from the attendees.

Here's just a tiny smattering of the indie titles that were on display.

From Voxel Agents, the guys who gave Puzzle Retreat to a grateful world, comes Toy Mania. Playing almost like a combination of Tetris and Bejewelled, you can try it yourself on Facebook right now.

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One of the secret stars of PAX Aus was the Oculus Rift, with a number of stands showing off gameplay via the headset. Those titles were guaranteed to have a queue a mile back as attendees clamoured for a peak into the world of virtual reality (VR). Wander, a collaborative multiplayer exploration title was one of them.

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With its noir art style, Framed is a story-driven puzzle game from Melbourne-based team Love Shack.

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The gameplay takes play on comic book-style squares, with you adjusting elements to reach your end goal and progress the story.

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Black Annex, from one-man-band ManFightDragon, is a detailed infiltration and sabotage game, which amazingly was written entirely in QBasic. Check out the trailer below.

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Remember what we said about the Oculus Rift? Lunar Flight is an ongoing project from ShovSoft that now has Rift integration, as you can see by the screen in the lower left of the photo.

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From Flat Earth Games, we have TownCraft, a compelling and surprisingly complex village simulator. It's out now for iPad and we'd recommend giving it a look.

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Still in the early stages of development, Burden is almost a mobile tower defence game that has you defending an enormous two-legged beast of burden as it trudges along with its delivery. The art style appealed to us, adding a strange level of pathos to the beautifully designed beast.

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While there's no shortage of Collectible Card Games, we really appreciated Deck Wars' naive art style. You can play the prototype in-browser with the Unity plug-in.

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If you only play one puzzle/platformer that casts you as a "mysterious metal sphere", we reckon this is the one to choose.

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A sequel! A rare beast at the show, but this is a worthy one. Epoch 2 is "a frantic cover shooter set in a ruined world where only robots are left to fight". From what saw of gameplay, it's a riotously enjoyable explosion of colour, gameplay and actual explosions.

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Jelly Run is a fast-paced platformer where you play a character called Totes Jelly. Smash Mash Monsters has been described as a "frantic puzzler". Both look fun.

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