2021 Game Devs of Color Expo
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2021 games list
A narrative adventure about cute animals, friendship, and arcades.
Spirit Swap: Lofi Beats to Match-3 to
1000 Deaths is a third-person, 3D adventure platformer about confronting your interpersonal conflicts and the effects of TV and media on the human psyche. Play through several short and fast-paced episodes to discover wildly different endings with each playthrough. Switch between perspectives from a pool of eclectic characters, making difficult decisions that you’ll take with you to the grave.
Aerial_Knight's Never Yield
Aerial_Knight's Never Yield is a Narrative Runner that tells the story of Wally. . Explore a game world with a dope-tastic soundtrack featuring the authentic sounds of Detroit Artist.
1000 Deaths is a game about confronting your interpersonal conflicts and the effects of media on the psyche. Play through episodes, switching between perspectives of eclectic characters, and making decisions that you’ll take to the grave.
3D Print Your Life
3D Print Your Life is a game where you work at a 3D printing shop meeting all kinds of people who use 3D printing to fulfill their different orders.
A Shiba Story
A Shiba Story is a slice of life game / pet simulator about learning how to take care of a Shiba Inu. This is a game about the everyday joys & quirks of sharing life with a furry friend.
After School Afterlife
Listen to the beat to navigate obstacles in this Peranakan-inspired metroidvania! Talk to strange and funny ghosts, and help them with their problems. Fill your journal as you explore the mansion. You may just uncover its secret past...
Alpaca Stacka is a wholesome 3D adventure platformer where you play as Paz, a kind alpaca dedicated to helping their animal friends.
Battle monsters, solve puzzles, and reawaken the lost Guardians in an action RPG inspired by classics. Rescue the souls of lost townspeople in the dungeon and restore the civilization of Anuchard while wielding the mythical Audros Bell.
Bakemono : Demon Brigade
Anime Themed High Mobility Slasher Shooter VR Mech Sim
Bakemono is Early Access on Steam
Boiling Point! is a light/medium strategy game where 2-6 players find themselves as crustaceans trapped in a pot trying to escape! Fight to the top, attack the chefs… or your friends? Whatever you do, make sure you stay cool!
Claw Arena is an arena fighting game for mobile devices featuring unique one-finger controls. Select one of 8 animal warriors with distinct movesets and fight your way through the tournament to become the champion of the Combat League!
Come with Me
Come with Me is a two-player cooperative adventure game set in a puzzle-filled magical world.
Common’hood is a building and community management game with highly customizable base building tools. Lead a community of squatters occupying an abandoned factory and craft a society that can thrive.
Danny Fisher Kills the Government
Danny Fisher Kills the Government is a satirical political RPG, taking the player through the journey of Danny Fisher, as he and a party of local New Yorkers foster community, tussle with cops, girlbosses, CEOs, and Mayor de Blasio himself.
Date Night Bowling
Ten characters in search of love gather around two neon-lit bowling alleys for some date night bowling. Choose your character, find your date, and try your best to hit it off—or at least hit some pins.
Do Not Buy This Game
Do Not Buy This Game is a Comedy Walk-Sim where the game is being built as you play it!
DOT’S HOME is a single-player video game that follows a young Black woman in Detroit as she travels through time to relive key moments in her family’s history where race, place, and home collide in difficult choices.
Emergency Monster Team
Nadel Pierce is a Berserker Paramedic who is headed back to work at the Dendsville Area Emergency Hospital after the events of “ThePipe Man".
Turn paintings into real life objects to solve puzzles in clever and imaginative ways. Follow Lily Parks, a girl who's lost all hope, as she inherits the world's strongest superhero's powers, leaving it up to her to save the world.
Unify a broken community as the newly-appointed Guardian of The Grove. Traverse a vibrant island to combat invasive Rot, inspire its inhabitants, and rebuild your home.
Get-A-Grip Chip is a charming and satisfyingly challenging grappling hook 2D platformer. Master the hook, fling through the increasingly intense floors of Roboco Mfg, and escape chases with Scan-It Janet.
A calm game of everyday life, precious memories, and creating your own destiny.
Hot Pot For One
"You are alone on a cold Christmas night, stuck at home, in a foreign country. You get through it by cooking a hot dish intended for six people.
Innchanted is a co-op adventure where you discover magical potions, serve otherworldly guests, and pacify monsters. Gather your party and journey on a quest to overcome the evil Wizard – your landlord!
Keylocker | Turn Based Cyberpunk Action
In a silent world where music has been prohibited, BOBO, a singer, will band together with the Jukebot drummer, Rocket, to shatter the strings of fate and sing the melody of freedom in this unforgiving Rhythm Turn Based JRPG.
KindFolx is a real time, PvE card battling dungeon crawler about a monster named Reinus who embarks on a quest to dismantle a human oppressing dictatorship led by a Monsterfolk General.
You’re trapped in a fantasy MMORPG! Team up with a cunning mage, an enigmatic knight, or a roguish mercenary to save the world, and maybe find love along the way—who will you choose?
A cozy survival game about raising cute alien creatures and cleaning up a polluted ocean planet.
Lonesome Village is a puzzle-solving adventure with social simulation.
Experience thrilling action, epic boss fights, and an electrifying soundtrack in this vibrant 2D action RPG.
METEORA is a Fast-paced Survival Action Survival game with Meteors (Think burnout in space with Meteors).
Midautumn is a Supernatural game about Asian diaspora. Blast evil spirits and save your hometown from gentrification in this rogue-like dungeon crawler!
Mom and Dad have finally put Mop Boy in charge of keeping their beloved pizzeria clean. But with grease monsters running amuck and a crooked health inspector on their tail, it's gonna take the whole family to keep the restaurant afloat.
Nainai’s Recipe is a cooking game about simulating real-world cooking feelings in a stylized world. It's a story about a Chinese girl who live by herself during 2020. She will be learning family dishes, as well as the story of her grandma.
Neko Ghost, Jump!
Neko Ghost, Jump! is a puzzle-platformer where you not only switch between 2D & 3D camera perspectives but also between your physical & ghost forms to solve puzzles, combat enemies, and clear levels faster.
Night Reverie is a Puzzle/Adventure game in which a child must solve the mystery behind the distortion of his house.
OCHITSUBAKI || 落ち椿 is a transgender JPN/ENG game about the impossibility of communicating trauma and hypermarginalized identity through a combination of visceral poetics, retro anime aesthetics, and the particular tenderness of a good duel
Onsen Master is a hot spring customer management game where players must create ingredients to match the various customer ailments, across the fantasy island of Izajima!
Our America VR
Our America is a branching narrative VR experience about being Black in America.
Out For Delivery
A playable documentary shot with a 360° camera. The 42 minute slice-of-life experience follows a food delivery courier in Beijing on January 23, 2020, the day before Lunar New Year's Eve and the day Wuhan shut down due to COVID-19.
Pen Pal Princess is a queer romcom visual novel about long distance relationships and online dating. Correspond with potential suitors through letter writing, email, and DMs to convince them to rescue you from your secluded princess tower!
Raji: An Ancient Epic
A young girl named Raji has been chosen by the gods to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm. Her destiny? To rescue her younger brother and face the demon lord Mahabalasura
RP7 is the most minimalist and abstract dungeon crawler RPG. In the game player can’t control their character. Instead player should setup character's adventure path by rolling 7 slots in the screen, to control their character INDIRECTLY.
Rules of Alchemy
Master the elements in this intense spell combo roguelike. Explore the procedural world of Istal as you uncover secrets, collect magic, craft items, and embark on a grand branching narrative.
RUNNER is an arcade-inspired VR action featuring first-person driving gameplay and shooting-gallery gunplay. Players take to the street at high speed, weaving in-and-out of traffic while fending off waves of enemies over 7 unique stages.
SAMUDRA is a 2D surreal adventure game with a theme of environmental awareness & an emotional twist.
Memories linger across time, deep under Sephonie Island. Explore a massive cave network, link with unidentified species, and unravel scientific and spiritual mysteries, watched over by a supernatural being existing beyond human history.
She Dreams Elsewhere
She Dreams Elsewhere is a surreal adventure RPG about dreams, nightmares, and self-reflection.
Skate down into the underworld and recover what's been lost.
A game where the slimes are finally the heroes. Play with your friends as cute slimes and save the world from an evil corruption. Find different weapons and create your own unique magic abilities to express the way you want to adventure.
Puzzle mix of chemistry and rails!
Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator
Buy, sell, and trade organs in a strange and evolving universe. Dive into the quivering innards of alien capitalism in the sci-fi body horror market tycoon game you didn't know you needed.
Spell Blaster is a 2D top-down action game inspired by retro classics! The game tasks players with navigating mazes, destroying monsters, avoiding dangerous traps and solving perilous puzzles!
START AGAIN START AGAIN START AGAIN: a prologue
Experience a time loop at the end of the world.
Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum
Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum is a competitive 2-5 player light weight Dim Sum set collection and action management tabletop game offering a delicious cultural experience. Steamers with Dim Sum are stacked and placed on a turntable.
Supersonic Rhyme Chamber
Rap battle your way through colorful lands as you encounter strong rivals and the dopest of friends. As you improve your skills and collect all the keys, will you be able to become a legendary MC?
The Gardener and the Wild Vinesme Chamber
Leap, slash, and climb your way to the top of fantastical towers by dashing at flowers growing on a procedural vine. Explore multiple unique environments as you unravel this love story about love and identity.
Theseus never killed the Minotaur. He found common cause with Asterion, until he didn't anymore. A tale of diaspora, gender, and survival.
ValiDate: Struggling Singles in your Area
ValiDate is a visual novel about 12 struggling singles attempting to find love and friendship in a world ruled by capitalism. We feature a cast full of queer characters of color and contain stories never explored in gaming before.
Venba is a narrative cooking game, where you play as an Indian mom, who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Players will cook various dishes and restore lost recipes and explore in this story about family, love, loss and more
2021 speaker list
Muse en Lystrala (she/her, they/them)
The End of Crunch
Sherveen Uduwana (he/him)
Design Goodwill: Establishing trust in your game's opening minutes
Lexi "Pizza_Yeti" (she/her)
Finding Your Footing as a Content Creator
Ed Lago (he/him)
The Challenges of Managing a remote team working on a live VR product
Your Virtual Reality Xperience
Derek Lieu (he/him)
Top Game Trailer Mistakes and How to Fix Them
Chella Ramanan (she/her)
Designing Internal Worlds
Tyriq Plummer (he/him)
I Love Procedural Generation (And So Should You!)
SUPER IS HOT: Making Games By Breaking & Combining Others
Dani Lalonders (she/they)
Entering the industry for the first time.
Joe Palmer (he/him)
10 Lessons from 10 Years in Game Development
Mohammad Fahmi (he/him)
Feels Like Home: Introducing a Diverse Setting to the World
Alex Lu (he/him)
Applying Fortune 500 Project Management to Your Board Game Project
Alex A.K. (they/them), Eva-Léa Longue Ngambi (she/her), Francesca Esquenazi (she/her)
Cooperating as Game Worker Cooperatives
Saleem Dabbous (he/him)
Production is Self Care
Banana Chan (she/they), Ella Ampongan (she/her), Yeonsoo Julian Kim (they/she), Jeeyon Shim (she/they), Victoria Caña (she/they)
Finding Your Voice: Developing Your Brand (in Tabletop)
Cam Perry (they/them)
Bad Media has Better Ideas
Kayode Ceiriog Shonibare-Lewis (he/him)
Racial Bias, Reverse Heredity and the Parents of Custom Avatars
Sisi Jiang (they/them)
MAKE MORE ANIME SHIT
Davionne Gooden (he/him)
Staying Sane Making Games While Everything is On Fire
Neha Patel (she/her), Hassan DuRant (he/him), Steph Nguyen (she/her), Calbert Warner (he/him)
The Cost of Game Audio - For Freelancers and Clients
Shawn Alexander Allen (he/they)
Treachery in Beatdown City: A Postmortem
Sydney Adams (she/her)
The Value of Vision - Creating Socially Conscious Games
Junae Benne (she/her)
Afrofuturism is Now! Well.. it could be
Matthew Glenn (he/him)
Industry Experience: Succeeding When You're New & Don't Have Any
Richard (KirbyKid) Terrell (he/him)
Why There's No Such Thing as Black Mechanics
Roc Lee (he/him)
How many sounds do I need for my game? (How to think like a sound designer)
Joe Tirado (he/him)
Creating a Kick Ass Game Store Page!
Bahiyya Khan (she/her)
hell is a teenage girl: examining the representation of teenage girls in video games
Hype Train!: Twitch Affiliate in 30 Days
Jose Abalos (he/him)
Beating the Sunken Cost Fallacy and Choosing a Great Project
Victoria Tran (she/her)
Bad Community Management Advice
Aubrey Jane Scott (she/her)
The Tea of Starting My Own Games Studio
Xalavier Nelson Jr. (he/him)
MAKE YOUR GAME IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS
Gabriela Ponce Curlango (she/her)
From Past Experience to Future Value: Broadening Pathways into Gaming
Kai Little-White (she/her)
Hacking Barriers to Diversity with Visual Novels and Speculative Sci Fi
John R. Diaz (he/him)
Design Your Life: Sustainability while Developing Games From Anywhere
Shana T Bryant (she/her)
Do a barrel roll! A New Normal for Game Devs & Game Development
2021 game dev grant winners
This year, we gave a total of $150,000 to six game creators of color.
Humble Bundle Game Creator of Color Award
Younès has been a game developer for the past 9 years, and recently started to dual-class as a game researcher. They specialize in making strange ludic experiments and pitching new game ideas like a conspiracy theorist. Their work has been exposed in the French libraries and embassies. Younès' nindo is to make games that can surprise both you and them!
The Game Devs of Color Expo VR Grant
Hessvacio Hassan is the creator and lead developer of Museum Multiverse, a VR series for HTC and Oculus. His past releases include the highly popular VR experience, Don't Look Away VR, which has been downloaded over a quarter million times to date.
The Game Devs of Color Expo Grant
Marina Ayano Kittaka
Neil "Aerial_Knight" Jones
Veritable Joy Studios
Flying Cat Studios
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