PAX East 2020: The Recap, The Review

We met PAX East 2020 with fun, flair, and one funky little alien dude.

After announcing Alien Hominid Invasion at the end of January, PAX was the first opportunity for players to get their hands on a demo of the game! For all of our homebodies and friends that couldn’t make it to the show, we also revealed a first look at gameplay which you can watch here.

In the midst of all that jazz, there was of course much more going on: we debuted new merch, had games and competitions, and oh… did we mention that when Alien Hominid Invasion was playable, it was playable on custom-build arcade cabs?

Even if you missed the IRL sensations, you can see it all in our PAX East 2020 Recap video:

Reliving it is almost as good as being there, right? Right!?

But of course, for those who prefer to consume their memories in still, non-moving photo form, you can do that right here. We’ll give you the smallest taste with this beautifully crafted image of our Alien Hominid Invasion arcade cabs in the calm before the PAX attendee storm.

As we mentioned, this was the first time that players could ever get their hands on Alien Hominid Invasion! We were so thrilled to be able to share our current project with so many excited fans, and it was great to get firsthand feedback on the floor. In fact, we’ve already made some changes to the game based off of our experiences with players! This game is really shaping up to be something special.

Exemplary visual archives and wonderful memories aside, we fully intend on getting the game back out to more of our excited players later this year. Stay tuned for more news on that!

Also, in case anyone was wondering, the cold SUCKS. Every walk to and from the convention center was met with varying levels of freezing, struggling, and language not appropriate for our T-rated games. But you know what? Our team of spoiled-by-the-constant-sun San Diegans persevered anyway. We trudged like, two frozen blocks through wind and negative temperatures every day for almost a week. And we did it all for you, because we love you. <3

We’re Invading PAX East 2020!

Can you believe that PAX East is almost here? I sure can’t! In fact, I accidentally typed “2019” in the title while I was writing this. Anyway, we’ll be at the show from February 27th to March 1st at Booth #10031, and we want you to visit us!

We’ll be at PAX East with a full-scale INVASION happening at our booth. That’s right, Alien Hominid Invasion will be playable at the show for the first time ever, AND we’ll be releasing more details about the game while we’re there! That way, even if you can’t make it, you’ll still be able to be a part of it all. No one is safe from the Invasion.

But since you’re here, you must be excited! We’ll give you a little sneak peek at everything that’s coming to PAX East, just because you deserve it.


We’ll make this easy, and start with the big one: Alien Hominid Invasion.

The recently announced Alien Hominid Invasion will be playable for the first time ever at PAX East! Drop by our booth any time during the weekend to get your hands on our upcoming game.

If you can’t make it to the show and are eager to learn more about the game, have no fear! When PAX East kicks off, we’ll be sharing more information about the game right here on our blog and across our social media channels.

We’re also bringing the rest of our fine selection of games via arcade cabinets. Try your hand at the original Alien Hominid game, or revisit an old familiar favorite like BattleBlock Theater, Castle Crashers, or Pit People. And if you consider yourself a pro at any of our games, you’re going to want to keep reading…


Each day at 11 AM and 4 PM, we’ll be hosting competitions for PAX attendees! Go head to head against your friends, your family, and a bunch of random people you’ve never seen before in your life.

There’s a little bit of something for everyone, so check out what’s on the menu:

  • Day 1: Alien Hominid Speedrun
  • Day 2: BattleBlock Theater Challenge
  • Day 3: Super Soviet Missile Mastar High Score
  • Day 4: Backoff Barbarian Longest survival time

Each challenge will last approximately 1 hour. To enter, all you have to do is show up! 1st and 2nd place winners will earn themselves some sweet prizes, and all participants will get consolation prizes, too! (Until we run out.)


We’ve got pretty merch, and lots of it. New hats, new socks, new shirts, and of course a PAX East exclusive t-shirt! Some of these are new to the show, and some are new to the WORLD, which means you have a chance to be a real trendsetter.

Keep an eye out for another blog post with more details (and tons of pictures!) coming next week.

Aside from the whole snow thing, we can’t wait for the show! We’re excited to show you what we’ve been working on. And if you can’t make it, remember that we’ll be sharing all the best bits on our social media channels, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram!