A young man and woman in black baseball caps playing videogames.
Credit: Phoebe Powell

Freeplay Festival + ACMI X Works-In-Progress Night

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Thur 6 Jun 2024


Try a selection of independent games from the Freeplay Festival community.

As part of the Freeplay Festival, you can watch, playtest and meet the makers behind exciting and evolving game projects. During the evening's showcase of works-in-progress, you'll be invited to provide real time feedback to practitioners to help develop their projects for public audiences.

The world's longest-running independent games festival, Freeplay continues to champion artistic exploration and experimentation in games and play, and positions game making as arts practice.

ACMI is a wheelchair accessible space and there are accessible amenities at our venue. Learn more

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Swinburne Studio, Level 1
ACMI, Fed Square

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A church in an eerie and deserted town.
Credit: Xavier Bell

Rodeo Clown (Xavier Bell)

Rodeo Clown is a visual novel (or walking sim) about a guy who is always down.

Stuck in the backwater town of Aurora, Texas, he desperately needs to keep himself occupied. That means talking. Lots and lots of talking.

Fortunately, the residents of Aurora are more than happy to oblige.

Xavier Bell writes true stories about people and places that aren't real.

This game is in the final stages of completion.

An alien character made of blocks in on a geometric, pastel planet.
Credit: Natalie Ruskin

Block Buddies (Super Mega Ultra Team Studios)

Block Buddies is an asynchronous co-op puzzle platformer in which two members of rival tribes join forces to show the world that life is better working together.

Using the latent abilities of each tribe, players create unique shapes using the custom controller and then manipulate them in the game to overcome obstacles.

The Super Mega Ultra Team Studios team is a dedicated group of final-year students from Swinburne University. We have been working together to make Block Buddies since March 2024. Our goal is to make a memorable "one time only" game experience that we will showcase throughout Melbourne this year.

The game is nearly feature-complete but still in the early stages of development.  

A demonic board game.
Credit: Building 9

Ring of Rosies (Building 9)

Set in 1628, France is on the precipice of a devastating Plague.

However, this time, the Plague is more unforgiving, cunning and its manifestations are...unnerving. Through its card game, battle and defeat this pestilence to save the towns folk. Manipulate the board with your cards and adjust your deck so that hope can be renewed for the Town of La Bordé.

Building 9 are a Melbourne/Naarm-based Studio. Ring of Rosies is their debut project.

This game is in the Pre Alpha stage.

A map of an urban landscape with different weather patterns.
Credit: Nattha Dhamabutra

City Pop Noir (Nattha Dhamabutra)

City Pop Noir encompass environment-focused games based in Melbourne/Naarm, encouraging the player to explore different city scape in different stylizations.

Nattha Dhamabutra is a compositor, animator and and fx artist producing animation for clients such as Warhammer and Shin-Ei studio.

This game is in the Pre Alpha stage.

A collage of animated characters in a pixelated 2000's style.
Credit: Bora Erdogan.

WHISKEY.ST2007S (Bora Erdogan)

WHISKEY.ST2007S is a psychedelic platformer where you try to collect as many whiskey stones as possible before a timer ends. Making your own routes through the map, the player's aim is to learn the complex movement mechanics.

Bora Erdogan is a third year game-design student at RMIT who loves weird games, physicality and unconventional graphics.

This game is in the exciting, final tweaks stage.

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