Top 3 Favorite Games from PAX East 2017

Looking back at the spectacle of PAX East 2017, I can recall moments of true excitement with some of the other DKC Gaming writers and a few great game previews. The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX, is a quinquennial event that runs the gamut of destinations in the United States (and in the case of PAX Aus, Australia) to bring gamers together in a weekend of fun. Aside from the expo hall showcasing numerous video game titles, PAX also has concerts, tournaments, handheld and console lounges, a bring-your-own-computer area for gaming, and more! PAX East 2017 brought attendees to the east coast to enjoy all that PAX has to offer in Boston. Although tough to narrow down, here are the top 3 favorite games from the mind of this author!

#3 For the King

From out of the corners of the Indie Megabooth at PAX East 2017 arose For the King, a turn-based RPG of exploration by “Iron Oak Games.” The game can be played in solo or co-op modes, and takes place in a procedural generated game world reminiscent of a tabletop board game! This is because For The King was first prototyped as an actual board game! The board game influence can be seen in the graphics and in the gameplay. When all is said and done, For The King pulls off what it is said to do really well.

Pick up For the King on Steam, and feel free to read our PAX East 2017 first impressions hands-on preview of the game!

#2 Hacktag

Each new mission is procedurally generated. While one of the players handles the stealth and infiltration part of the gameplay, the other team member hacks the environment via a series of mini-games to help their fellow agent avoid security guards, unlock doors, trigger alarms and telephones, collect data from computers…etc. Oh, and the demo at PAX had us playing as a race of CAT-people. My codename was “Mr. Buttons” and we had a blast playing Hacktag.

It’s like Mission impossible meets Keep talking nobody explodes!

#1 Klang

PAX East 2017 KlangThe writers here have all enjoyed various rhythm games, but there truly are none quite like Klang. I imagine when most people say “there are none like,” they often are exaggerating with hyperbole. This is not one of those cases. Klang is an innovative take on traditional rhythm games that pushes the genre beyond pressing buttons to tempo into a world of fast-paced exploration, platforming and combat. The environments are euphoric and the gameplay is exhilarating! And not only did all three of the DKC Gaming writers attending PAX East thoroughly enjoy this game, we also enjoyed the company of the amazing dev team behind the game, particularly Tom-Ivar Arntzen of “Tinimations.” Major shout-outs, however, to Emmy Jonassen of “Snow Cannon Games” (Publisher) and her brother, Will, who was also there at the booth discussing the game with us at PAX East 2017.

Check out the trailer for Klang! Please go play this game!

So there it is! Top 3 for 2017!

But don’t just take one author’s word for it. DKC Gaming writers StephOfAnime and MCP also have their top 3 lists below –


  1. Death Squared
  2. Klang
  3. Hacktag


  1. Thumper
  2. Hello Neighbor
  3. Klang


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