Melbourne International Games Week

Connecting Games, Technology and Culture

Australia’s premier digital games festival returns from 2-10 October and this year’s packed online program celebrates the fun and fantasy of games as well as exploring games for good, games as art and games that grow industry and business.   

In 2021, games are so much more than a TV screen and a console. From diagnostics in health to enacting social change, a surprising range of industries are working with games and game makers to achieve more. This year, Melbourne International Games Week (MIGW) shows how games connect, inspire, and educate, help us heal and learn, and create new ways to make art as well as do business.

Melbourne is the epicentre of the digital games industry in Australia and each year MIGW brings together homegrown and international industry to showcase, celebrate and build capability and connections. Australia’s games industry has not only survived but thrived during COVID-19 and has proven its resilience as a creative industry.

MIGW’s responsive and dynamic 2021 program – delivered online – speaks to the depth and breadth of the industry, unearthing unexpected ways games are making the world a better place and providing other industries with innovation.

To explore the unmissable, jam-packed 9-day program, visit https://gamesweek.melbourne/ and join the conversation @GamesWeekMelbs.

We can’t wait to see you! 

Panels for Industry and Enthusiasts

High Score: Composition and Sound Art Gaming

Saturday 2nd October & Sunday 3rd October

Patterns Podcasts and Parables by Albert Chessa

Saturday 2nd October

Games Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP)

Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th October

Game Plan: Exploring In-Game Music Experiences

Monday 4th October

Games For Change

3-Day Conference and Workshops
Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th October

Australia: Get Over Here

Tuesday 5th October

Ballarat GiG

Tuesday 5th October

Melbourne Queer Games Festival + Awards

Wednesday 6th October

Freeplay

Thursday 7th October

Music In Games: Sync Secrets

Thursday 7th October

Reimagine the World

Thursday 7th October

Events - For Fun and Interaction

Variety - Level Up for Kids

Saturday 2nd - Thursday 7th October

Project Re-play

Saturday 2nd October

Welcome to (board game) Play Along Live

Saturday 2nd October

Eastern Market Murder - Investigate A Melbourne True Crime

Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd October

Big Games Night In

Sunday 3rd October - Sunday 10th October

MIGW 21 at the TABLE

Sunday 3rd October

Button Fox on Twitch

Tuesday 5th October

MIGW Squiggle

Thursday 7th October

DevCon Digital 2021: By Tabletop Game Designers Australia

Thursday 7th October

Proudly Made in Melbourne

CONSCRIPT

Developed by: Jordan Mochi
Platform: PC
Genre: Action Adventure, Survival Horror

During the First World War, a lone French soldier must navigate twisted trenches, scavenge for limited supplies and solve complex puzzles - all whilst fighting for survival in the midst of mankind’s most brutal and horrifying conflict. CONSCRIPT is a new take on classic survival horror.

CONSCRIPT is an Indie Showcase Winner.

Innchanted

Developer: DragonBear Studios
Publisher: Asmodee Digital
Platform: Windows
Genre: Simulation, Action, Co-Op

Run a Magical Inn with friends! Taram's family Inn has been stolen by an evil wizard! To reclaim your family's legacy, team up with friends, manage your inn, brew potions, cook, and fight in a magical co-op inn adventure for 1-4 players.

Innchanted is an Indie Showcase Winner.

Mars First Logistics

Developer: Ian MacLarty
Publisher: Ian MacLarty
Platform: PC
Genre: Simulation, Physics, Space

Mars First Logistics is an open world physics simulation game where you deliver a wide variety of awkwardly shaped cargo between remote outposts using your own mechanical creations. Earn credits, unlock new technology, and use your ingenuity to help establish a new colony on Mars!

Mars First Logistics is an Indie Showcase Winner.

64 Ways of Being

Developer: Millipede
Platform: iOS, Android
Genre: Urban Play

See Melbourne through new eyes as laneways, streets, parks and rivers transform into live, playable experiences.

Battlefield Accessories

Developer: Michael Parker and Lance Jackson
Genre: Tabletop Miniatures

Laser cut and Printed Terrain for RPG's and Miniatures Games.

Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia

With a legacy dating back to the 1800s, Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is the nation’s most prominent design school. With our industry connections, we’re Australia’s only Higher Education provider part of the PlayStation® First Academic Development Program.

Blurgh

Developer: Bela Inkster
Publisher: Inkster Games
Platform: Tabletop
Genre: Party Games

A game of bad language, crazy drawings and hilarious mistakes.

From the creators of F**k. The Game – the original Aussie swearing game.

Campaign Coins

Developer: Campaign Coins
Genre: Tabletop Roleplaying

Treasure worthy of your greatest adventures! Beautiful metal coins for tabletop fantasy roleplaying games.

CardTastic Collectables and Gaming

CardTastic is dedicated to bringing you the latest collectable and gaming products. We also do 3D prints of a large range of miniatures, including buildings and can do custom prints.

Catapult Feud

Developer: Meeple
Publisher: Vesuvius Media & Meeple
Platform: Board Game
Genre: Dexterity

Build your castles, set up your troops, load your catapults and use your cunning tactics to win the day!

Cherry

Cherry ships NBA, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic The Gathering Cards worldwide. Online since 2009, buy online or in store at 129 King Street, Melbourne. Just a 5 minute walk from Southern Cross station.

Dap

Developer: Melting Parrot
Publisher: Melting Parrot
Platform: PC - Steam
Genre: Action Adventure, Horror

Dap is a horror-action-adventure about gathering and protecting a pack of fragile creatures called Daps. Lead your Daps to safety through an eerily beautiful world, fighting off threats, solving puzzles, and avoiding the infection that twists your companions into something alien and terrifying…

Detective: City of Angels

Developer: Evan Derrick
Publisher: Van Ryder Games
Platform: Board Games - Tabletop
Genre: Mystery, Deduction

Detective: City of Angels, set in the dark and violent world of 1940s Los Angeles, is a game of mystery, deception, and investigation for 1–5 players.

Dragon Ball Heroes Australia

Developer: Dragon Ball Heroes Australia

The birthplace of Super Dragon Ball Heroes cards in Australia. These cards are a collectors dream, with the most incredible artwork, textured foiling and overall card quality out there.

Eastern Market Murder

Developer: True Crime Games
Platform: iOS, Android
Genre: Narrative, Mystery, Adventure, True Crime, AR

Based on an intriguing true crime from 1899, Eastern Market Murder is an augmented reality game that challenges you to step back in time to solve the crime! Play from home or at the actual crime scenes in Melbourne, Australia.

Elden: Path of the Forgotten

Developer: Onerat Games
Publisher: Neon Doctrine
Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch
Genre: Action Adventure, RPG, Horror

Guide Elden on a mission across a blighted land to save their mother from ancient horrors. Engage in brutal, technical, combat and master eldritch magics as you walk the Forgotten Path.

Grim Hollow: The Players Guide

Developer: Ghostfire Gaming
Publisher: Ghostfire Gaming
Platform: Available in Print, Digital
Genre: Dark Fantasy

Grim Hollow is a grim dark fantasy Tabletop Role Play setting for fifth edition of “The world’s Greatest Roleplaying Game”. Set in the dark, godless world of Etharis, civilization has long forgotten hope and now clings desperately for survival.

JUSTICE SUCKS: RECHARGED

Developer: Samurai Punk
Platform: Steam
Genre: Action, Stealth

JUSTICE SUCKS: RECHARGED is an stealth/action game about a killer robot vacuum cleaner on a quest for vengeance through a Neo-90s TV universe. Hack smart devices, turn them into deadly traps and consume the blood of your enemies for power.

Little Ruin

Developer: Lucernal
Platform: PC
Genre: Adventure

Uncover the stories of the overlooked in Little Ruin, a morally nuanced adventure about growing up in a time of war.

Miniature Scenery

Developer: Miniature Scenery
Platform: Tabletop
Genre: Warhammer 40k, RPG, Necromunda, Age of Sigmar, Twisted

Miniature Scenery creates MDF terrain for tabletop games.

Miska

Developer: Umbrella Party Studios
Platform: Windows PC
Genre: Narrative-driven Adventure

Miska is a narrative-driven adventure game with a strong focus on Australian flora and fauna. Rekindle your connection to family and nature through acts of restoration.

Operation Armstrong

Developer: Fullbeans Studio
Platform: Steam
Genre: Asymmetric VR, Stealth, Party Game, Action

Your infiltration team must stop an army of lunar-bots from crashing the moon into our Earth! The field operative, wielding the VR headset, must sneak through each enemy outpost while their team of hackers will assist using their smartphones! Strap in for some Asymmetric-VR-Stealth-Party gameplay!

Pico Tanks: Multiplayer Mayhem

Developer: Panda Arcade
Platform: iOS, Android
Genre: Action

Customize your tank, team up and battle in 3v3 real-time multiplayer mayhem!

Platypus Industries

Game Titles: The Ratcatcher & Drop Bears
Developer: Matthew Aslin
Publisher: Platypus Industries
Platform: Tabletop Board Games
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure, Survival Horror

The Ratcatcher

You are the Ratcatcher! The objective is, Snatch the magical cheese, eliminate the rats. Easier said than done.

Drop Bears

Drop Bears is a cooperative game where the Campers have to carefully choose actions every turn to stay alive, while the whole Australian Bush is on a hunt for them.

Surf Club

Developer: Olivia Haines
Platform: PC
Genre: Adventure, Narrative

Surf Club is an adventure game about a young woman named Holly, as she returns to her coastal hometown in the hopes of rekindling an old relationship.

The Stranger Next Door

Developer: Fae Daunt
Platform: Mobile
Genre: Real-time Horror

The Stranger Next Door is a real-time horror narrative set in a fake social media that runs in tandem with your local time, telling the story of 4 friends as they encounter something in their neighbourhood that they cannot comprehend.

Trash

Developer: 15 Minutes of Game
Platform: PC
Genre: Open World, Multiplayer, Action Adventure

Trash is a multiplayer open-world action-adventure set in a post-human world. Explore your surroundings with friends, discover mysterious puzzles, and help bring Trash’s world back to life.