Parallels: The Freeplay 2020 Showcase

Parallels highlights some of the most unique, experimental, and personal independent games made in Australia and beyond.

For over 16 years, Freeplay has been exploring these vital margins of games culture, uncovering emerging and exceptional makers, from bedroom coders, to artists pushing at the boundaries of the artform. Join us as our speakers demonstrate and play their creations live on stage, and share their origin stories, creative inspirations and intimate journeys.

Parallels 2020 will be streamed live via YouTube and free to attend. 2020 Visual Identity by Mohamed Chamas.


We have 9 fantastic games to share with you this year. Our full lineup to be revealed soon!


Paul Anstey & Iris Anstey (Melting Parrot)

A top-down action-adventure/horror game about collecting and interacting with cute little critters called Daps. Set in a lush forest world beset by an alien infection, battle strange monstrosities and scavenge for resources while using your Daps to help you along the way.

Umurangi Generation


Umurangi Generation is a first person photography game set in Tauranga Aotearoa during a crisis event. Throughout the game you will unlock a variety of lenses and equipment. 

To Be Announced



The Freeplay Z•O•N•E — The Capitol

Experience Parallels 2020 in the Freeplay Z•O•N•E, a social space by Jae Stuart & Cecile Richard.

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Announcing New Board Members

Announcing New Board Members

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The 2019 Freeplay Awards are open!

The 2019 Freeplay Awards are open!

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Freeplay 2019 – Keynote & Theme Reveal

Freeplay 2019 – Keynote & Theme Reveal

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