A screencap from the videogame Dap, by Melting Parrot. An ominous, bird-like statue sits in the middle of a dark forest scene, cradling something green and glowing. It is surrounded by orbs of light.
A screencap from the videogame Dap, by Melting Parrot. An ominous, bird-like statue sits in the middle of a dark forest scene, cradling something green and glowing. It is surrounded by orbs of light.
Dap (2021) Melting Parrot

ACMI presents


Melting Parrot | Australia | 2021

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Wed 9 Feb 2022

6–7pm (AEDT)

Join us for the first Women and Non Binary Gamers Club for 2022 as we explore the Melbourne-made Dap.

Guiding these child-like creatures through a forest gives Dap a psychedelic fairytale vibe, like Hansel and Gretel but with more sharp teeth and blood.”


It's Halloween in February for the Women & Non-Binary Gamers' Club as we dive into Dap, a surreal, folkloric adventure through a spooky forest world.

In a dark, Princess Mononoke-inspired adventure, Dap takes twinstick shooter mechanics and applies them in an arcane forest world. You play as a little forest spirit, known as a ‘dap’, whose forest home is poisoned by a mysterious, malevolent force who disrupts and scatters the daps far and wide. Rather than focusing on a single protagonist, the daps join together as a swarm as you encounter more and more throughout the dark world you once called home. Like swarming bees, the daps solve the world's environmental puzzles together, navigating around traps, confronting enemies, and trying to keep each other safe, as they unveil the secret of the malignancy that plagues their forest home.

As the daps strive to cleanse their dark, arcane world of the poison choking it – the question remains, will it ever feel like home again? With a lush, layered art style, and electrifyingly immersive audio design, Dap is a surprising and sumptuous debut from Melbourne artist-musician duo Melting Parrot. Dap will quickly draw you into its hypnotic, intriguing world, offering ghost-story-spookiness without outright horror – but as the hollow, monosyllabic sounds of the daps' strange language resonates in your headphones, and the dark of the forest closes in... be prepared to get a little spooked.

Dap is available on Microsoft Windows.


The Women & Non Binary Gamers Club will take place online on Zoom.

Register by 5pm on Tue 8 Feb 2022 and details for the club will be emailed to you.

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What to expect

For the first 20 minutes we will live stream gameplay with commentary. Then it's time to chat about the game of the month, however if conversation just isn't for you then you're welcome to listen or contribute via the chat.

You don’t need to have played the game to attend. 


In order to create a safe space for under-represented people in the world of videogames, this club is exclusively for women, gender-non-conforming, trans and non-binary folks.

Read our Community Code of Conduct

About our host

Jini Maxwell

Jini Maxwell is an assistant curator at ACMI. In their spare time, they write about videogames and the people who make them. Follow them on Twitter.

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Community Code of Conduct

Everyone participating in an ACMI Women & Non-Binary Gamer Club event — including, but not limited to the meets, clubs and talks — is required to agree to the following code of conduct. This includes all attendees, speakers, performers, patrons, and volunteers.

ACMI Women & Non-Binary Gamer Club will enforce this code during its events and throughout the year. We expect cooperation from everyone to ensure a safe, diverse, and welcoming environment.

The condensed version

ACMI is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Sexist, racist, discriminatory, or harassing language and imagery is not appropriate in the ACMI Women & Non-Binary Gamer Club community, in person or online. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event and premises, as well as all future events without a refund at the discretion of ACMI.

The less condensed version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Exception: discussion or images related to sex, pornography, discriminatory language, or similar is welcome if it meets all of the following criteria:

— It is necessary to the topic of discussion and no alternative exists
— It is presented in a respectful manner
— Attendees are respectfully given ample warning and opportunity to leave beforehand.

This exception specifically does not allow use of gratuitous sexual images as attention-getting devices or unnecessary examples.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are required to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in any of the aforementioned behaviour, ACMI may take any action they deem appropriate, from warning the offender to immediately expelling the offender with no refund.

Reporting and enforcement

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an ACMI Women & Non-Binary Gamer Club team member immediately. If you can’t or don’t wish to speak in person, or prefer to talk privately or electronically, contact us via gamerclub@acmi.net.au.  

All reports will be handled in the strictest confidence.

With thanks

This document was based on the work of XOXO Festival, JSConf, Geek Feminism, confcodeofconduct.com, and inspired by resources provided by Ashe Dryden.

Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.