The Coolest Games of PAX East

The Boston-based fan event plays host to one of the most impressive lineups of indie games in the world

Tumbleseed

It’s a roguelike, but it’s also a pachinko machine. I know that sounds insane, but that’s the best way I can describe Tumbleseed. You play as a tiny one-eyed sapling balanced on a screen-long platform. With both analog sticks, you can slowly roll your the platform back and forth while you push yourself up a giant, harrowing mountain. There are enemies, checkpoints, and puzzles along the way, but the boldest enemies are the potholes that threaten to plunge you to your doom. It almost makes you feel like you’re at Chuck E. Cheese, feeding quarters into a tough-but-fair carnival game. I like that the developers are willing to treat such a whimsical mechanic with the garnish of a full-length adventure. 

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