itch.io’s Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality is not just benefiting a great cause, it’s probably the best deal in video game history — and only growing in the days left before the campaign ends.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Community Bail Fund and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The funds will be split equally between the two organizations. itch.io put together the massive bundle last week following nationwide anti-police brutality demonstrations.
It’s almost overwhelming to have instant access to more than 1,500 works. The thing that makes itch.io so special is that it encourages you to just jump in and try out something weird. There’s a real magic in downloading something absolutely random and finding something that resonates with you. That’s how I think you should approach this bundle: Just click on random things and give them a look.
But if you want to check out some tried-and-true favorites, we’ve got some suggestions.
“Dujanah is a digital game for PC Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It is an interactive narrative with a focus on exploration set in a fictional Islamic majority country that has an occupying military force. The protagonist and player character is a woman called Dujanah who has grievances with the intervening forces. During the game the player will encounter various moral, psychological and political dilemmas.“
“Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park. Follow the marked trails or explore the backcountry as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you.”
“Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of multiplayer classic TowerFall.”
“U r a froshmin at .
Ur assignments are generated & graded by an A.I.
Can a video game make you more creative?
Can a video game make you a better artist?
Can you graduate from Art Sqool? Idk,,, that’s on u!”
“A Mortician’s Tale is a story-driven death positive video game where you play as a mortician tasked with running a funeral home. Take on the role of recent funeral direction graduate Charlie as she learns the ropes of the business and industry. Prepare the bodies of the deceased (via embalming or cremation), attend their funerals and listen to their loved ones’ stories, and interact with Charlie’s coworkers, clients, and bosses.
A Mortician’s Tale is an informative, honest, and sometimes humorous look at the current state of and the future of the western death industry.”
“Catlateral Damage is a first-person destructive cat simulator where you play as a cat on a rampage, knocking as much stuff onto the ground as possible. See the world through the eyes of a cat! Like other first-person games, you can walk and look around, jump, and crouch. Unlike other first-person games, your primary weapons are your two cat paws, which you can use to swipe at and knock objects onto the floor.”
“Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is an anti-adventure game about picking up trash in an alien bazaar. Play as the Janitor, an Alaensee girlbeast with a municipally-subsidized trash incineration job and dreams of leaving the planet of Xabran’s Rock far behind her.”
“Explore the wondrous dream world of the human Young.
Anodyne is a unique Zelda-like game, influenced by games such as Yume Nikki and Link’s Awakening. In Anodyne, you’ll visit areas urban, natural, and bizarre, fighting your way through dungeons and areas in Young’s subconscious.”
“Beglitched is a game about insecurity, in our computers and ourselves. In a pastel world of networks where nobody truly knows what they’re doing, hacking is a magical art and the notorious Glitch Witch is the most premium archmagi of the net. By random circumstance, YOU are her new apprentice. You must use your wits and cunning to unravel the mechanisms of an alien computer and survive amongst a veritable web of clowns, leftclickers, and filedraggers.”
“Through the interface of a mobile phone, the player must discover what happened to its owner, Sam. Digging through secrets scattered among apps, text messages and photo galleries, the player-voyeur starts witnessing the emotions of Sam, and behind the apparent light-heartedness of a teenage story, their questioning on coming of age, homophobia, depression or the search of oneself.”
“Speed Dating for Ghosts is a weird lil’ narrative game about speed dating ghosts by Ben Gelinas (Dragon Age, Mass Effect) and Mikey Hamm (Mikey Maybe, Glig).
As a lonely specter looking for love in the afterlife, you attend a speed dating event and chat up a cemetery’s worth of phantoms, wraiths, and poltergeists. At the end of the spooky mixer, choose your favorite! They’ll take you out to all the best haunts: old folks’ homes, creepy houses with new owners… Maybe solving a murder is your idea of a good time. Or robbing a bank. Ghosts are into all sorts of things”
“A classic love story: Meet, marry, grow old.
But when your loved one hurts you, what do you do?
Is it better to love and be hurt, than never love at all?”
“Blades in the Dark is a tabletop role-playing game about a crew of daring scoundrels seeking their fortunes on the haunted streets of an industrial-fantasy city. There are heists, chases, occult mysteries, dangerous bargains, bloody skirmishes, and, above all, riches to be had — if you’re bold enough to seize them.
You and your fledgling crew must thrive amidst the threats of rival gangs, powerful noble families, vengeful ghosts, the Bluecoats of the city watch, and the siren song of your scoundrel’s own vices. Will you rise to power in the criminal underworld? What are you willing to do to get to the top?”
“Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. Play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenager who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you.
YOU determine every aspect of Alex’s story while exploring Edwards Island, uncovering the base’s dark past, and changing the course of your friends’ lives.”
“Minit is a peculiar little adventure played sixty seconds at a time.
Journey outside the comfort of your home to help unusual folk, uncover countless secrets, and overcome dangerous foes, all in hopes of lifting a rather unfortunate curse that ends each day after just one minute.”
“Puzzle Puppers is a puzzle game about stretching cute dogs to their food bowls. Easy to learn, difficult to master with deceptively simple puzzles and mechanics.”]
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“PAGAN: Autogeny is an experimental first person open world role playing game set in the digital ruins of a largely abandoned MMORPG. It is heavily inspired by long-forgotten bargain-bin 1990s adventure games, and by a general ethos of user-hostile design.”
“Tamashii is a simple puzzle platformer game inspired by obscure Japanese games from the 90s and late 80s. Explore a twisted temple and purify each chamber to progress.”
“After being deployed to his first mission, Rourke leaves The Core’s base for the very first time, only to discover the dark truth about the operation he’s part of and the consequences of deserting an inescapable war.
With no place to call home now, he must prevent the war from spreading any further, forming strong bonds along the way that will forever change his life.”