Over 80 submissions were originally entered into the contest, originally announced in March, which were then narrowed down to a "ten best" list by a panel of industry experts including Penny Arcade's own Gabe and Tycho. The winners will be shown alongside exhibits by major industry companies including Activision, EA and Ubisoft at this year's Penny Arcade Expo, running from August 29-31 in Seattle, Washington. Attendees will have the opportunity to play the games and vote for their favorite, with the most popular of the bunch receiving an "Audience Choice Award" after the show wraps up.
The PAX 10 includes:
- The Amazing Brain Train by Grubby Games (puzzle/strategy)
- Audio Surf by Dylan Fitterer (rhythm/action)
- Chronotron by Scarybug Games (puzzle/platformer)
- Impulse by a team of Rochester Institute of Technology students (puzzle)
- The Maw by Twisted Pixel Games (action/adventure)
- Polarity by a team of Carnegie Mellon University students (platformer/puzzle)
- Project Aftermath by Games Faction (tactical/action)
- Schizoid by Torpex Games (action/strategy)
- Strange Attractors 2 by Ominous Development (puzzle/strategy)
- Sushi Bar Samurai by Molly Rocket (exploratory puzzle)
"The variety and caliber of the titles blew us away," said Penny Arcade's Robert Khoo. "Narrowing down the group was a challenging process for the judges, but we're incredibly proud to have these ten games as our kickoff showcase and can't wait to see them on the show floor."
The Penny Arcade Expo has become one of gaming's premiere events, with over 37,000 attendees at the 2007 show. Along with floor displays from a wide range of developers and publishers, the event features industry announcements, panel discussions, tabletop gaming, contests and prizes including the famous Omegathon and a series of nerdcore concerts. For more information, go to pennyarcadeexpo.com.