11 Cool Games You Might Have Missed At PAX East 2017
Created by Chris Pereira and Jacob Dekker and Scott Butterworth and Tony Wilson and Kallie Plagge on
Hob--an exploration-driven third-person platformer from Torchlight creators Runic Games--contains no text or dialogue of any kind; instead, its mysterious, melancholic world tells the story. Massive metallic gears and imposing stone structures mingle with lush green fields to create a desolate yet oddly charming atmosphere, which is further enhanced by the gorgeous cel-shaded art style.
Though your hooded character carries a key-like sword (and must occasionally battle bosses), most of the gameplay revolves around environmental puzzles and precision platforming: activating hidden switches, dragging platforms into position, leaping across a series of precarious ledges--all part and parcel for Hob. You can also uncover secret rooms and collectibles if you stray from the beaten path, and according to the developers, you will eventually learn the secret behind the game's seemingly abandoned world.
Hob is due out later this year on PC and PS4.