Hope you managed to submit your game to this year’s Melbourne Queer Games Festival because the deadline has come and gone, and the massive Games Showcase spanning 57(!) titles is now available. Quite the variety of titles too, and I was rather pleasantly surprised to find a few familiar faces among them. Groovy!
“Which”, you ask? Well, let’s see… Cover Me In Leaves (review) and Ghost Stories (review), both of which I enjoyed a lot. Hopefully, I’ll end up with an equally positive impression upon experiencing as many of this year’s Melbourne Queer Games Festival entries as possible. Only one way to find out. Alongside Cover Me In Leaves and Ghost Stories, I’ve listed five other picks below – ones that immediately caught my attention, and perhaps also a good starting place for anyone overwhelmed by the sheer number of titles?
Yearning for Spring
Warm layers for snow? Check.
Granola bars? Check.
Cocoa mix? Check
A big gay heart ready for love? Check.
Bea — a city girl who loves snow — goes on a vacation to a snowy mountain to hike the trails and soak in the serene late winter landscape. She meets Camellia — a regal woman with an air of mystery — when she wanders off the trail.
What could go wrong?
Lyra, a gun-witch living at the border, a place marked by destruction and supernatural phenomenons, is tasked to take a duo of magical girls across the land to try and save the world.
All the while, she gets to know them, becomes friends with them, and maybe, just maybe see that there’s more to life.
Sonia is a typical, gloomy enby nerd who’s fallen in love with their online friend Vivian. She’s been able to keep these feelings under wraps, but now that they’ll be meeting up at an anime convention, there’s no way Sonia can put this off any further! With just 3 days to confess their feelings, Sonia will have to navigate the halls of love as well as artist alleys, free play arcades, and tabletop games to finally confess what she’s been feeling all this time.
Take a Piss Like a Woman
A game where you have a conversation while taking a piss.
Play as a witch. Talk to pebbles. Reflect on the melancholy of becoming. Sit more. Walk. More walking. Have a crush on your burly teacher. Enjoy a lovely day in the Australian beach town, Dharawal country – Kiama.
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