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.
About our host
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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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.
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The condensed version
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The less condensed version
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