Parallels: The Freeplay 2018 Showcase — October 25th

Parallels highlights some of the most unique, experimental, personal, and culturally significant games being made in the independent games scenes of Australia and beyond. Come and watch as our speakers demonstrate and play their creations live on stage, and share their creative inspirations and intimate journeys.






Dakoda Barker (QLD)

Rise is a first-person vignette about a person living with chronic health conditions, and is one game in a series made for a doctorate of creative arts.


Wren Brier & Tim Dawson (QLD)

Unpacking is a zen puzzle game about unpacking a person’s possessions in a series of moves throughout her life.

Pigeon Game

Leura Smith (VIC)

Pigeon game is about fulfilling your life long fantasy of… holding a pigeon.

if not us

Ruqiyah Patel (ACT)

if not us is an interactive fiction anthology about five heroes who die.

Sign In / Sign Out

Tegan Webb (VIC)

Sign In / Sign Out is a piece of interactive fiction that explores the ways in which people would indirectly communicate via the internet in the early 2000s.

Novena & Touch Melbourne

Cecile Richard & Andrew Gleeson (VIC)

Novena is a game about comforting a friend. Touch Melbourne is a game where you explore and interact with the city, and you meet up with a friend.

Desert Child

Oscar Brittain (WA)

Desert Child is a Racing RPG set in a dusty world where your only friends are a vintage hoverbike and a bowl of ramen noodles.


LeeYing Foo (INTL)

SIMULACRA is a realistic “found phone” horror game that takes place entirely on a mobile phone. A voyeuristic experience that combines point & click adventure games, found footage videos and fully realised phone apps.

Dead Static Drive

Mike Blackney (VIC)

A road trip in a world of existential cosmic horror. Grand Theft Cthulhu.


Pol Clarissou (INTL)

Vignettes is a colourful exploration game without text or characters, where objects shapeshift as you spin them around to wander through a kaleidoscope of different moods and settings.

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