About two weeks back I compiled a list of some of my favorite “games for change” games. It seemed a shame to let all these amazing games just idle in a Google doc, so here they are! This is by no means an exhaustive list, but rather a solid jumping-off point for someone new to social impact games. Enjoy!

Papo & Yo – trauma, abuse
That Dragon Cancer – loss of a child
Neverending Nightmare – convey feelings of OCD, anxiety, depression
Nevermind – biofeedback for anxiety
Papers, Please – immigration
Pandemic (board game) – how disease spreads
Mountain – un-game; introspective
Never Alone  –  first game developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people
This War of Mine – Civilian side of war
Valiant Hearts: The Great War – effects of war
Spent – poverty
The Oldest Game – sex workers
Dys4ia – transgender issues / hormone replacement therapy
Journey – life transitions, game art/beauty
Flower – awareness, environments, un-game

I would love to hear what other people have on their must-play lists!

3 thoughts

  1. Papo & Yo is such a beautiful reminder of the power that this medium has for affecting empathy in players. Thanks for the list! I’ve been meaning to play This War of Mine; I think I’ll get to that one next.

  2. Fat Chicken by Relevant Games. It’s a reverse tower defense game that takes a look at the horrors of factory farming through satire.

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