Ars Technica staffers began attending PAX West in 2007, when it was the only Penny Arcade Expo around. A lot has changed in 10 years, but the biggest difference has been the exponential growth of playable independent games on the massive show floor. Even if we didn’t have to wait in a single line, four days is simply not enough time to try out the hundreds of indie titles on offer at PAX today.
Still, we did our best, playing dozens of the most interesting games we could get our hands on during this year’s show. We’ve narrowed that list down to 10 you should definitely watch out for, along with a number of honorable mentions that piqued our interest. Consider this far-from-comprehensive effort our attempt to help you filter through the utterly ridiculous number of independent games floating around these days and seek out the best and most innovative for your playing time.