PAX East was a blast this year, and I spent a lot of time running around to track down indie booths amongst the fray of booming craziness. It’s really inspiring to see just how many excellent independent studios there were out there on the show floor with truly awesome games to demo. I wrote up a large feature on this for GameSpy, and though there wasn’t enough room to include all of the awesome indies I was able to scope out, here’s a bunch of the best ones I was able to go hands-on with.
“Toronto hasn’t always been the indie game development Mecca that it’s grown into today. Just under a decade ago, studios in the city were scarce, and many budding developers had to leave Toronto to find solid work. Sick of competing for the meager handful of game dev job openings in town and unwilling to relocate away from home, a group of enthusiastic game makers set out to change things. After a few years of working on a slate of mobile phone projects, indie studio Capybara Games has settled into a steady groove crafting offbeat games about rainbow-puking critters, puzzle jousting combatants, and pixilated touchy-feely warriors.”