PAX Prime 2012 has announced its selection of 10 indie games to highlight as part of its annual PAX 10 showcase.
"When there's no more room in hell, the dead shall walk the earth." So they say. When there's no more room in shooters, they'll migrate to puzzle games too, apparently.
Containment: The Zombie Puzzler from Bootsnake Games reimagines a zombie outbreak as a puzzle. Four types of colour-coded survivors share real estate on a zombie-infested grid - chainsaw-wielding nurses in pink scrubs, green-clad marines, cops in blue, and street punks adorning themselves in orange hoodies. In order to eradicate a zombie, or cluster of zombies, they must be surrounded on all sides by the same type of unit. Entrap a three-by-three grid of the undead within a barrier of punks, for example, and you can watch them whip out their dual-wielded pistols and dispense undead justice in the most synchronised display of gang warfare since West Side Story.
Obviously there's an increasing degree of time pressure. Left to their own devices, zombies will take a bite out of their neighbours, instantly converting them, and if you take too long you won't have enough forces to quarantine the threat. Containment may not be a scary game, but it does instill a sense of urgency befitting its subject matter. Things then get trickier as new zombie types are introduced. Zombie wizards erect magical barriers that are only vulnerable to their corresponding colour, while plump, glowing undead explode upon dying, infecting those around them.