imagineNATIVE are hosting a free four day show of indigenous digital works and games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, delving into the art, history, stories, and creations of indigenous artists.
The iNdigital Space, which is on display at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from October 18-21, will feature “an exciting showcase of VR, games, interactive websites and digital web series. Listen to digital and interactive artists talk about their works and process during our daily one hour Artist Talk Series (1-2pm everyday Thursday to Saturday) or come to our industry talk and learn about Indigenous digital media (Tuesday).”
The show will feature many different titles, including:
Nu:ya! Nu:ya! A Tuscarora Exploratory Game – “Learn about the Tuscarora teachings about Nu:ya (or New Years festival)! Players are tasked with collecting various baked goods from all of the houses in the digital Tuscarora Nation territory. Each visit will introduce new characters and teachings for you to learn. Celebrate Nu:ya in this delightfully cartoony game. ”
One Small Step – “A walking simulation that poses the question, what is left in the aftermath of a colonial expansion into space? A sometimes trippy and other times all too real experience, One Small Step offers its players only one option: to witness but not touch. With no timer or limit on how long you can play, the game is a contemplative piece that asks us all to consider that sometimes one small step can leave one giant footprint.”
SwapBox – “Journey through a strange and organic alien ship as you navigate transportation puzzles in this portal-like first person puzzler. Use alien tech to swap places with any box you find. The player will have to use their wits as they discover new kinds of boxes that have their own strange properties.”
Run Forest Run – “From the Youth Fusion/First Nations School program where high school students were tasked with developing a game that would reflect a shifting world. Run Forest Run is an endless runner that plays with the classic 8-bit style.”
The Ink Flows – “From the Youth Fusion/First Nations School program where high school students were tasked with developing a game that would reflect a shifting world. The Ink Flows has you following Nancy on a quest to save a world being drained of colour. Travel to find the missing hues in order to save a world from becoming a colourless void.”
A handful of other titles will be showcased at the iNdigital Space, which Indie Games Plus will be highlighting for the rest of the day.
For those curious about touching, personal, fun, cultural, and educational works being made by some talented indigenous artists, it will be well worth a visit to the free show.