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A MAZE. / Berlin is an International Festival focusing on arthouse games and playful media. For the day experience A MAZE. / Berlin invites globally spread and diverse experimental game and VR creators, digital artists, musicians and other playful creatives from around different countries who share in an inspiring 3 days programme of talks and workshops, idea market places and knowledge bazaar the art of video games making.

The entire festival will take place online - virtual - digital - human The most revolutionary and amazing digital experience in the year 2020.

NOMINEES

Since 2012 A MAZE. awards The Most Amazing Game. The winner is selected by an interdisciplinary, international and 100% independent jury. We extended and changed awards in the many years since, our categories are now: “Most Amazing Award”, “Human Human Machine Award”, “Long Feature Award”, “Digital Moment Award”, “Explorer Award” and “Audience Award”.

And yet it hurt

And yet it hurt

Sheepolution 🇳🇱

PC


An adventure game that is played in Notepad...
Body Open Source

Body Open Source

M. Nawrot, J. Wójtowicz & K. Brych 🇵🇱

PC, vive


A multi-user experience in virtual reality that touches on the subject of intimacy and crossing the borders of corporeality...
Book of travels

Book of travels

Might and Delight 🇸🇪

PC


Venture out into a living, breathing fairytale world. Craft a character with its own unique personality and explore the open land however you choose...
Brave Mouse Cartographer I

Brave Mouse Cartographer I

888 & KRL 🇺🇸

PC, Mac


brave mouse cartographer i is an ambient system to be enjoyed either on its own or as the basis for a community-based cooperative mapping game...
Cook your way

Cook your way

Enric Granzotto Llagostera 🇨🇦

PC


This is a game about how immigration systems and capitalist discourses of multiculturalism combine to oppress migrants...
Dustnet

Dustnet

Neilson Koerner-Safrata 🇨🇦

PC, Oculus, Mac, Vive, Android, iOS


DUSTNET is a multiplayer server box preserving the ruins of the last remaining Counter-Strike lobby...
Grave Call

Grave Call

Totally not a game studio 🇸🇪

PC, Android Phone


Grave Call is a time based two-player coop game where you work together to try to find and rescue one of the players from being buried alive...
Knife Sisters

Knife Sisters

Transcenders Media 🇸🇪

PC, Mac


In Knife Sisters, the player explores emotions, consent, power and dependency in a safe setting...
Kristallijn

Kristallijn

Gaël Bourhis 🇫🇷

PC, Mac


Kristallijn is a short first-person ambient game experimenting around the strobe effect...
Marble Run

Marble Run

No Time 🇩🇪

PC, Mac, Linux


Marble Run is a fast-paced local co-op game, played on a 3×3 video wall with alternative game controllers...
Mutazione

Mutazione

Die Gute Fabrik 🇩🇰

Mac, PC, PS4


A mutant soap opera where small-town gossip meets the supernatural...
Nightmare Temptation Academy

Nightmare Temptation Academy

Lena NW & Costcodreamgurl 🇺🇸

Mac, PC


A CHYOA/dating-sim & rap musical, set in high school in an apocalyptic alternate universe...
Nuts

Nuts

Joon, Pol, Muutsch & Char 🇮🇸

PC


Gear up your caravan, spread out your map and head for the depths of Melmoth Forest, where you’ll track the movements of native squirrels...
Ordesa

Ordesa

Cinétévé / ARTE 🇫🇷

iPad, iPhone, Android Phone, Android Tablet


ØRÐESA is an interactive film on the border between video game and movie...
Overseas

Overseas

Y. Kozhemyako & M. Skomorokh 🇷🇺

PC


Overseas is a collection of 4 short art games (digital poems)...
Painting of a Cliff

Painting of a Cliff

Jasper Oprel 🇳🇱

PC, Other


A digital painting (framed screen in portrait mode) shows a stoic cliff...
Promesa

Promesa

Julian Palacios 🇮🇹

PC


Promesa is a first-person experience in which the viewer moves through memories, dreams and fantasies, exploring the narrative created by the images that emerge when you listen to someone else...
Secret Shuffle

Secret Shuffle

Adriaan de Jongh & Buds 🇳🇱

iPhone, Android Phone


Secret Shuffle is a headphone party game in which the players that dance to the same music have to find each other...
Tales from Off-Peak City vol.1

Tales from Off-Peak City vol.1

Cosmo D Studios 🇺🇸

PC, Mac, Linux


Tales From Off-Peak City is set in the same universe as both The Norwood Suite and Off-Peak, Cosmo D’s previous games...
The Under Presents

The Under Presents

Tender Claws 🇺🇸

Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift.


The Under Presents merges VR and immersive theater. The game has several unique innovations including the use of live actors to inhabit NPCs while the players and actors are remote in Quest/Rift headsets...
This, too, shall pass

This, too, shall pass

Marc Loths 🇳🇿

PC


This, Too, Shall Pass is a game/art project about the climate crisis and the ephemeral nature of everything...
Too Many Cooks

Too Many Cooks

Finifugu Games Ltd. 🇭🇰

iPhone, Android Phone, Android Tablet, iPad


Too Many Cooks is 1-6 local co-op game for mobile where your party runs a kitchen, chaotically juggling cooking, time and sending ingredients between their team!..
Uncurtainty

Uncurtainty

M. Wirth & L. Coquoz 🇨🇭

Android Phone


Experimental playful experience realised by Manu Wirth and Léa Coquoz, students of Zürich University of the Arts in Game Design...
Utopias: Navigating without coordinates

Utopias: Navigating without coordinates

AAA 🇩🇪

PC


Navigating Without Coordinates is a videogame network of nine worlds - each one a personal utopia developed by a member of AAA Collective...
Ynglet

Ynglet

Nifflas & Triple Topping 🇩🇰

PC


Swim, launch and bounce through this meditative floating platformer...
HONORABLE MENTIONS

Sadly, we can just have 25 nominees, but some works still are absolutely worth checking out! Keep an eye out for the following honorable mentions:

30 Birds

30 Birds

Ram Ram 🇧🇪

PC


“30 Birds” is a game inspired by Persan miniatures aesthetics, eastern fairy tales and modern Istanbul...
Evershift

Evershift

Evershift 🇩🇪

PC


When you wake up, you find yourself alone in a mysterious place...
Hidden Conflicts

Hidden Conflicts

Jona Kleinlein 🇳🇴

Mac, PC


A Cameraman strays with his camera on battle-grounds trying to capture what he sees to make visible textures and moral compasses...
If found...

If found...

Dreemfeel 🇮🇪

PC, Mac


Achill Island, December 31st 1993. In the crumbling ruin of an old mansion, a young Irish woman named Kasio destroys her diary...
Infini

Infini

Barnaque 🇨🇦

PC


Lose yourself in Infinity… but never lose Hope. Try to escape a world of never-ending puzzles and oddities...
Janga

Janga

Concrete Games 🇫🇷

PC


Janga is a game made for A.Maze 2019 game jam...
Manifold Garden

Manifold Garden

William Chyr Studio 🇺🇸

PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad


Manifold Garden is a game that reimagines physics and space...
Mørkredd

Mørkredd

Hyper Games 🇳🇴

PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch


Mørkredd is an atmospheric puzzle adventure set in a mysterious world full of shadows where darkness kills...
Pre-Shave

Pre-Shave

Saam Pahlavan 🇺🇸

PC


Pre-Shave is a shaving simulator that touches on the racial anxieties of being a brown man in the United States...
Stereophyta

Stereophyta

Kas Ghobadi 🇺🇸

PC


Stereophyta is a vibrant digital world where all things naturally produce music...
Suzerain

Suzerain

Torpor Games 🇩🇪

PC, Mac


As President Rayne, lead Sordland into ruin or repair in the first year of your term...
Yedoma Globula

Yedoma Globula

Bananaft 🇷🇺

PC


Sandbox game where you explore vast procedural fractal landscapes...
HUMBLE NEW TALENT

The Humble New Talent Award highlights important new voices in the culture of games. Nominees are chosen by A Maze. and will not be awarded for one game, but their work and thoughts in general. Winners will be awarded with $15.000 to create a humble original.

Beyondthosehills

Andreas Diktyopoulos, Maria Aloupi 🇬🇷

Elizabeth Lapensée

Elizabeth Lapensée 🇺🇸

Happy Broccoli Games

Annika Maar, Joni Levinkind, Svyatoslav Petrov 🇩🇪

Mwaaba Alec Mugala

Mwaaba Alec Mugala 🇿🇼

Studio Oleomingus

Studio Oleomingus 🇮🇳

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22-25 JULY, 2020

THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE - ONLINE - VIRTUAL - DIGITAL - HUMAN
THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY AND AMAZING DIGITAL EXPERIENCE IN THE YEAR 2020.

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Jury

Our interdisciplinary, international and 100% independent jury has the honors to review all nominees. As every game could be the most amazing one, they also have the freedom to select the nominees’ categories, which will be revealed on April 23rd.

Natalie Lawhead

Natalie Lawhead

Nathalie Lawhead is a Net-Artist and Game Designer that has been creating experimental Digital Art since the late 90’s. Past works include titles such as the IGF winning Tetrageddon games, “everything is going to be ok”, and the Electric zine maker.

Owen Hindley

Owen Hindley

Part of last years most amazing award winner Huldufugl, Owen is creating immersive theatrical environments and works with software, sound and electronics to make experiences for VR, installations, games, performances, & the web. He is also a co-founder at Horizons Studio making music-centered VR experiences.

Reyzones

Reyzones

Rayzones is a Moscow-based artist and game designer. they are a part of Lowpolis, a two-member team that makes things like good morning drifter,a non-racing experience with pears, and gift-exchange-machine — a stork-powered postcard exchange service.

Sarah Rudolph

Sarah Rudolph

Sarah is the founder of Herzteile, a blog about games, gender, politics and their culture. Next to her activities as author, podcaster and speaker, she was also co-curating rainbow arcade, the first exhibition of queer games.

Simon Bachelier

Simon Bachelier

Simon works as a freelance producer for video games studios since several years. He is currently working at accidental queens after the release of three narrative games. Besides game development, he organises and produces events dedicated to the independent game developers and alternative scenes. Past and current events he did include the Notgames Fest, Zoomachines and Indiecade Europe.

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