The exhibit hall for GX3 is filled with one awesome booth after another, many showcasing great looking tabletop and video games both released and in development. Some of the most fascinating upcoming titles are currently seeking funding through one crowdfunding site or another, not to mention a few that I sampled that have just been released that have been self funded. I didn’t have time today to try everything but these are the titles that quickly caught my eye.

Shadows Over isolation

First off, let’s start off with the one that I’m most excited about. Shadow Over Isolation is a first person adventure game heavily inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. According to the games’ website the developers should have a playable demo at the show but I didn’t get the time as of this writing to get my hands on it. In the meantime, just know that you have been summoned to a remote family member’s house where things aren’t quite what you think. They are currently seeking funding on Patreon, with an admittedly impressive monthly total so far.

Death of Dragons

The other big title that I took the time to look at is a Diablo-esque RPG called Death of Dragons where you play as a hero out to take on the dragons which have returned seeking a powerful artifact. This artifact can supposedly control these mythical beings and it’s up to you to get your hands on it. The game is currently running on Kickstarter with 27 days left on the clock. I got to try out the demo, complete with Oculus Rift support, an experience that I plan on talking about in its own “hands on” piece later on.

Black Ice

There were plenty of other games coming out or just released being shown off at GX3 this year that have caught my eye but aren’t crowdfunded. I took a brief look at FPS style hacking game Black Ice (currently for sale on Steam and if you’re at the con you can get it for five bucks off). The only goal is to get up close and personal to a node and start hacking. Defend yourself against the ICE that pop up, level up, and hit up higher level nodes. Wash, rinse, and repeat.

Ladykiller in a Bind

It’s no surprise that I love visual novels, particularly those with LGBT themes. Which is why when I saw Ladykiller in a Bind in my GX3 program I had to check it out in the exhibit hall. It is a game about a twin sister having to crossdress as her brother on board a boat for a week as she has to pretend to be him. It is planned to be released sometime next year, but be warned. This is an erotic VN with some…racy scenes and situations. I got a short taste with the demo but I didn’t have time to finish it yet.

I barely scratched the surface of the GX3 exhibit hall, something that makes me glad that there’s still two days left to soak everything in. I haven’t seen everything and still have demos to try out, exhibitors to talk to, and released games to check out and buy. Be on the lookout for more general coverage on the floor from me as well as in-depth look at some of the currently crowdfunding titles.


You can check out the rest of our GX3 coverage from the show right here.

Serena Nelson
Serena has been a gamer since an early age and was brought up with the classic adventure games by Sierra On-Line, LucasArts, and Infocom. She's been an active member on Kickstarter since early 2012 and has backed a large number of crowdfunded games, mostly adventures. You can also find her writing for Kickstart Ventures and evn.moe.
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