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GRAFFITI GAMES

WHAT IS
GRAFFITI GAMES?

The Graffiti Games program is Playcrafting’s way to amplify the voices of developers by commissioning them to make exclusive games to debut at Play NYC. This initiative has been featured in a number of outlets, including CNET, Variety, Univision, Metro NY, Yahoo, and VentureBeat.

2021 THEME:
A Return to Playing Together

Gaming has been an important way for so many to stay connected, unwind, and even escape since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic 18 months ago. The world is opening up once again. And Play NYC 2021 is heralding a return to once again playing together in person.

For this year’s Graffiti Games lineup, we are commissioning the selected developers to create 5 local multiplayer games that can only be played with other people in the same room. These games are meant to embody the spirit of what it means to play together without any distance.

Graffiti Games at Play NYC 2021 is made possible by the support of Rockstar Games, which will also be participating in the convention's panels.

Official Play NYC's Graffiti Games 2021 Press Release.

Big Boss

Big Boss is an asymmetrical fighting game where you band together to defeat the demon that has been terrorizing the world. 

Choose your fighter, between the stoic Swordsman, elegant Wizard, cunning Ranger and masterful Cleric. Or, if you choose to go the route of darkness you can plunge the world into chaos as the malevolent Revenant, or the mechanical enigma the Singed Gear. Whichever you choose, may you fight your way to victory!  

Play Big Boss

About the Creator
Matthew Hamilton-Roux (He/Him) - New York, NY

Matthew is a Black Brooklyn native and passionate game developer. He is the Founder and Creative Director of Hamra Digital. Hamra Digital’s first game, RADARjAM, blends stealth and arcade shooting with a retro aesthetic. He also runs Hamra Digital Video, a Youtube channel detailing the ins and outs of game development. Matthew earned his degree in Digital Animation from Mohawk Valley Community College.

Learn more about Matthew at Hamra.Digital or follow him on Twitter @Hamradigital.

Slumber Squad

Finally! A sleepover with all of your buddies. It's time to team up and beat that video game that's been sitting on your shelf for months. Nothing can get in your way… well except maybe your hungry cat, and your well-meaning mom, and you might want to take a bathroom break or two.

Slumber Squad is a local multiplayer party game where 2-4 kids at a slumber party need to work together to beat a video game. The video game is simple enough, the real challenge is keeping the distractions away so you can concentrate on the game. You're going to need to get up to talk to your mom, move your cat, or clean up your room. To win, players will need to work together to get rid of the distractions and conquer the game. Hurry, it's almost bedtime!

About the Creator
Brieyh'leai Simmons (She/Her) - Austin, TX

Brieyh'leai is an artist and game developer based in Austin, Texas. She studied visualization at Texas A&M University, and became the first in her family to earn a college degree. Through many small projects and game jams she's developed a signature cute and comfy style, helping people ease into games with a variety of unique and goofy mechanics. She currently works at Wallride Games as an Art Generalist. You can see her past work in the game Before Your Eyes and as a part of her own indie team, Gumboot Studio. With her art, Brieyh'leai aims to create safe and comfortable spaces where anyone can have fun and play games!

Learn more about Brieyh'leia at Gumboot.itch.io or follow her on Twitter @Comfyfish.

Swords at Dusk

Social deduction through civilized slaughter! 

Swords at Dusk is an analog game, where players play as a group of socialites trapped in a remote manor with a sinister poisoner. The manor  must work together to figure out who among them is the poisoner and dispose of them before they perish. However, the quarrels of the wealthy keeps anyone from agreeing to take out any one person, so arguments are settled through the only honorable method anyone  can agree upon-- swords crossed in the moonlight!

Play Swords at Dusk

About the Creator
Oliver Hong (He/Him)

Oliver Hong is a queer Chinese American game designer based in Brooklyn. He is an alumni of the NYU Game Center and is currently co-chair of NYC's IGDA Chapter. His games have been featured at the American Museum of Natural History and the Come out and Play festival.

Warehouse Rumble

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night shall keep your little robots from delivering packages on time! Scoot boxes to their delivery spot and protect them from invaders to keep your Products Rating as high as possible!

Up to four players play as warehouse robots trying to push packages to their destinations while keeping them in pristine condition! Deliver as many on-time undamaged "five star" delivery ratings as you can in this chaotic team arcade game.

About the Creator
Star Light(They/Them)

Star, (or John “Slide20XX” Smith, as they’re more commonly known) is a composer who decided to write music for video games at the age of 13 and hasn’t stopped since. Their most recent work has included the soundtrack for Calico, a game about magical girls running a cat cafe, and music for a pair of anti-racism PSAs created by Cartoon Network series, Steven Universe. They also work as composer, sound designer, and creative director for their game company, Games Without Words. Games Without Words is a studio founded on the idea of using the unique power of games to communicate meaning. Our past work includes a set of crowd-controlled music-based games shown at MIT and in Madrid, Spain as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. Currently, we’re working on several projects for clients, including a mod of an existing city-sim that explores the reality of defunding the police.



Warp Dash

Warp Dash is a racing game starring super-powered people who utilize their power to race.

Warp Dash is a racing game for 2-4 players. It will feature a cast of different playable characters, aiming for 3-4. Each character will have a unique dash with different effects that interact with the other racers.

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About the Creator
Tess Leiman (She/Her)

Tess Leiman is a game designer who loves making all kinds of games. She loves dipping her toes into all parts of the game creation process. If she's not making a game, she might be working on her drawing skills. Some of her favorite genres of games are Mystery, Fighting, Platformers, and RPGS. 

Learn more about Tess at
TessLeiman.com or follow her on Twitter @DaBessTess.



GRAFFITI GAMES 2020

Supported by Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games cemented their reputation as creators of complex living worlds with the Grand Theft Auto series, one of the most successful entertainment properties of all time with over 270 million units sold-in worldwide. Through a string of critically acclaimed games including the Grand Theft Auto series, the Red Dead Redemption series, the Max Payne series, Bully, L.A.Noire, the Midnight Club series and The Warriors, Rockstar Games has helped propel interactive entertainment into the center of modern culture.

SPONSORED BY
rockstar games

Rockstar Games cemented their reputation as creators of complex living worlds with the Grand Theft Auto series, one of the most successful entertainment properties of all time with over 270 million units sold-in worldwide. Through a string of critically acclaimed games including the Grand Theft Auto series, the Red Dead Redemption series, the Max Payne series, Bully, L.A. Noire, the Midnight Club series and The Warriors, Rockstar Games has helped propel interactive entertainment into the center of modern culture.

PRESENTED BY
ROCKSTAR games

Rockstar Games cemented their reputation as creators of complex living worlds with the Grand Theft Auto series, one of the most successful entertainment properties of all time with over 270 million units sold-in worldwide. Through a string of critically acclaimed games including theGrand Theft Auto series, the Red Dead Redemption series, the Max Payne series, Bully, L.A.Noire, the Midnight Club series and The Warriors, Rockstar Games has helped propel interactive entertainment into the center of modern culture.

CURATED BY
decoy games

Decoy Games is an indie game company founded by two technically talented brothers, and later joined by a long time sidekick who they have known since pre-school. With no prior professional game development experience they used their deep passion for video games and extensive imagination to start building Team Decoy.

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