We go into extensive detail on what’s to come!
Australian made video games are often an afterthought to many, however if studios like Team Cherry, House House and Sidebar Games have shown us anything, it's that there are scores of untapped, innovative developers waiting to be discovered.
In an effort to shine a spotlight on our homegrown talent, we have complied a comprehensive list of Australian and New Zealand video game studios who are either currently in production, or who have recently released successful titles.
If there are any studios we may have overlooked, please email us, and we will certainly add them in!
2pt Interactive (Melbourne)
Heavenly Bodies (PlayStation, PC, Mac) - 2021
- Wrangle the hands and arms of a 1970s space cosmonaut and push, pull and twist your way through an increasingly precarious range of physically-simulated stellar scenarios, where without gravity, nothing is still, nothing is secure, and nothing is simple.
100 Stones Interactive (Brisbane)
The Eyes of Ara (PC, Switch, iOS) - 2019 [Switch release]
- Lose yourself in a stunning puzzle adventure set in a gorgeous 3D environment. Explore a vast, ancient castle riddled with secret vaults and hidden rooms. Solve elaborate puzzles, uncover lost treasures, and unravel a mystery bridging the scientific and the arcane.
5 Lives Studios (Brisbane)
Windbound (PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, PC) – 2020
- The Forbidden Islands are Calling, Unlock their Secrets. Shipwrecked on an island, explore, adapt and navigate the land and perilous seas to stay alive.
A44 Games – (Wellington, NZ)
Ashen (PlayStation, Xbox, PC) - 2018
- Ashen is an action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home.
A Few Dragons (Adelaide)
The Sacred Acorn (PC) - 2022
- Tansira is in peril, and the only one that can save it is you. Play as Ima, an adorably courageous squirrel, and explore a beautiful, mysterious land. Solve puzzles, discover secrets, defeat corrupted enemies, and make strange, cute friends that will guide you on your quest.
Anthony Tan (Melbourne)
Way to the Woods (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - 2021
- Two deer in a strange, abandoned world without humans must find their way home. Find food, shelter, safety, and answers on your way to the woods.
Bad Goat Studios (Melbourne)
Henry Mosse and the Wormhole Conspiracy (PC) – February 2021
- Join Henry and the Mosse family in a wholesome point-and-click adventure about cosmic evil, secret family legacies and growing up.
Balancing Monkey Games (Dunedin, NZ)
Before We Leave (PC) – May 2021
- Before We Leave is a non-violent city building game set in a cozy corner of the universe. Nurture your Peeps and their surroundings while rebuilding and rediscovering civilisation. Settle new lands and planets while avoiding hungry Space Whales.
Beethoven & Dinosaur (Melbourne)
The Artful Escape (Xbox One, PC, Apple Arcade) - 2021
- On the eve of his first performance, Francis Vendetti battles with the legacy of a dead folk legend and the cosmic wanderings of his own imagination. Francis, a teenage guitar prodigy, sets out on a psychedelic, multidimensional journey to inspire his stage persona.
Blowfish Studios (Sydney)
Base One (PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, PC) - May 2021
- Base One is a space base builder game where you take control of a network of space stations and its crew's tasks and wellbeing. Maintain your resources and defenses as you navigate the wide array of dangers ahead of you!
Broadside Games (Brisbane)
Bears In Space (PC) - 2021
- Dive headfirst into danger with nothing but your wits, tools and an abundance of weapons as you bring the bullet hell carnage to the oil thirsty Robot Scourge!
Catchweight Studio (Melbourne)
Conscript (PC) - 2022
- During the First World War, a lone French soldier must navigate twisted trenches, scavenge for limited supplies and solve complex puzzles - all whilst fighting for survival in the midst of mankind’s most brutal and horrifying conflict. CONSCRIPT is a new take on classic survival horror.
Caustic Reality (Sydney)
Infliction: Extended Cut (PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, PC) – 2020
- Infliction is an interactive nightmare, a horrific exploration of the darkness that can lurk within the most normal-looking suburban home.
Con Artist Games (Melbourne)
The Last Stand (PC) - TBA
- From the creators of The Last Stand: Union City and Dead Zone comes an all-new singleplayer rogue-lite action adventure. After you become infected by the zombie virus, you set out to explore the post-apocalypse and find hope for your fellow survivors.
Convict Games (Melbourne)
Stone (Switch, Xbox, PC) – 2018
- STONE is a single-player third-person interactive story, where a hungover koala detective wakes to find his lover Alex has been kidnapped. Walk, talk, drink, dance, smoke, watch, sauna, trip and find Alex.
Digital Confectioners (Christchurch, NZ)
Hero Draft (Mobile, PC) - TBA
- Assemble your ultimate team from a diverse roster of Heroes. Play as one of the legendary Summoners, each with their own unique bonuses. Strategically position your Heroes to counter your opponents. Earn gold, recruit heroes, level your Summoner, and buy powerful items.
DragonBear Studios (Melbourne)
Innchanted (PC) - 2021
- Innchanted is a co-op adventure where you discover magical potions, serve otherworldly guests, and pacify monsters. Gather your party and journey on a quest to overcome the evil Wizard – your landlord!
Drop Bear Bytes (Melbourne)
Broken Roads (PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, PC) - 2021
- Broken Roads is a narrative-driven RPG that brings exploration, strategic turn-based combat and meaningful philosophical choices to an all-new Australian post-apocalyptic setting.
Dry Cactus (Wellington, NZ)
Poly Bridge 2 (PC) - 2020
- The acclaimed bridge-building indie-hit is back! More levels, more features, more physics fun!
Epiphany Games (Sydney)
Tiny Troopers: Global Ops (PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, PC) - 2021
- Tiny Troopers: Global Ops is a fast-paced arcade twin-stick shooter in which you lead an elite squad of Tiny Troopers on action-packed missions to take down hordes of unscrupulous enemies from all corners of the world!
Fellow Traveller (Melbourne)
The Invisible Hand (PC) – May 2021
- Want to get rich, quick? Welcome to FERIOS, where you’ll be empowered to pursue wealth and success as a mid-level stockbroker! Your wildest dreams of wealth can come true… at the cost of everything else.
Rueben Games (Melbourne)
Dead Static Drive (Xbox One, PC) - TBA
- Grand Theft Cthulhu. Dead Static Drive is a horror survival adventure. You're on the road. The world begins to fall apart in front of you. Your friendships will make every bit of difference as order collapses and the people you meet fight for their own survival.
Flightless (Auckland, NZ)
Doomsday Vault (Mobile) – March 2021
- Earth’s climate has collapsed and your mission is to collect the precious remaining plant life and return it to the safety of the Doomsday Vault.
Flow Studio (Brisbane)
Len's Island (PC) - 2021
- Len's Island is a blend of peaceful building, farming and crafting, mixed with intense combat, dungeon battles and exploration. Build the home of your dreams. Build wherever you want, make it as big as you want, and choose from a range of materials to let your creativity run wild!
Ampersat (PC) – February 2021
- A shooty, slashy, RPG-y game mixing retro and modern sensibilities. A blend of influences from Gauntlet & Smash TV to Zelda & Angband, Ampersat is a handcrafted adventure but with appeal to Roguelite fans. Battle ASCII creatures in colorful areas & free letters to return language to the village!
Gaugepunk Games (Wellington, NZ)
Echo Grotto (VR/PC) - 2017
- Echo Grotto is a virtual reality experience that lets you explore unique and intricate cave systems using a range of caving gear and tools!
Ghost Pattern (Melbourne)
Wayward Strand (PC, Mobile) - 2022
- Wayward Strand is a heartfelt interactive story, told in a unique and curious way. Play as Casey Beaumaris - intrepid teenage journalist - as she visits an airborne hospital for the first time. Uncover the airship's mysteries, and explore the lives of its inhabitants.
Greenheart Games (Brisbane)
Tavern Keeper (PC) – TBA
- In Tavern Keeper you manage a tavern, building, bartering, cooking and cleaning your way to success in a humorous fantasy world. Starting out with a shell of a tavern in the backwaters of the kingdom, you build rooms, place items, stock the larder and hire staff to satisfy the demands of the oddball locals and misfit heroes that stumble through your door.
Featherweight Games (Sydney)
Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari (Mobile) - 2016
- Saddle up and get ready to wrassle with the stampede-iest critters this side of the Savannah. Lions and Tigers and Bears are no match for this rodeo star.
Fruit Ninja 2 (Mobile) - 2020
- Ready your blade! Everyone's fun, fruit slicing action game is back with the addition of fun mini games and real-time competitive action! Enjoy all the action as you challenge other ninjas from around the world.
Henry’s House (Perth & Melbourne)
Kardboard Kings (PC)
- Move to the seaside, and open your own game shop! Decorate your new store, befriend customers, collect magical cards, and be the best game shop in the town!
Hipster Whale (Melbourne)
Crossy Road Castle (Mobile) - 2020
- Join the Crossy Road crew in this endlessly spinning cooperative tower climb.
Bring your friends and see how far you can get. Keep climbing as high as you can!
Every run is different!
Hungry Sky (Perth)
Nekograms (Mobile) - 2020
- Move the cats and cushions so that every kitty is nice and comfy. But there’s a twist! Cats only move left and right, cushions only move up and down, and someone has left some obstacles lying around.
Insert Disk 22 (Melbourne)
Born Punk (PC) - TBA
- A former combat hacker, a corporate CEO and a malfunctioning android get possessed by mysterious, otherworldly entities and must band together to save themselves and uncover the entities' origins. Talk, puzzle and explore your way through this (often humorous) cyberpunk thriller.
It’s Anecdotal (Christchurch, NZ)
Watch This Space (PC, Mac) - TBA
- Watch This Space is a multiplayer party game about shooting rocks, and about a series of unexpected and delightfully surprising minigames that aim to change your view of an arcade classic.
Kristian Kebbe (Melbourne)
Lucen (PC) - 2021
- Explore unknown lands and fight mythical beasts on a quest to ask the old gods to restore light to your village. Harness light with your sword and bow to cut down your foes, and discover ancient secrets.
Krome Studios (Brisbane)
TY the Tasmanian Tiger HD (PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, PC) - 2020
- Join TY on a ripper of an adventure to free his family from the dreaming and stop the nefarious evil genius boss cats from removing mammals from the top of the food chain. To help you on your quest, you've got a beaut arsenal of boomerangs, sharp teeth, and the help of a few friends!
Little Ruin (PC, Mac)
- Little Ruin is a narrative-driven isometric adventure for PC, Mac and Linux, set in a crumbling world of moral ambiguity. You are Isobel, a teenage girl entangled in the machinations of a colonial civil war.
Lumi Interactive (Melbourne)
Kinder World (Mobile) - June 2021
- Learn self-kindness with the ultimate houseplant mobile game, and create your ideal space for relaxation.
Luminous Games (Christchurch, NZ)
Chronicles of Galdurvale (PC) - 2021
- Guide Amelia Moonglow, a wide-eyed hunter with incredible power, as she journeys from Middleland to the floating isles of Sky World. Explore the lands of Galdurvale, utilizing her mystical power to harness the elements and decimate her foes. Adventure and excitement await!
Mana Tea Games (Melbourne)
Unfamiliar (PC) - 2019
- A relaxing fantasy adventure game where you play as Yew, the witch-cat who sets out to acquire magic ingredients from storybook worlds to craft items and create enchanting costumes.
Mellow Games (Brisbane)
Blueberry (Switch, PC, Mac) - TBA
- Go on a journey through a woman’s mind from birth to death in this emotional story platformer. Climb the Tower of Life and gather the pieces of Blueberry's shattered memories, find the missing ones and unravel the mystery of her trauma.
Melonhead Games (Adelaide)
Rooftop Renegade (PC) - TBA
- Rooftop Renegade puts you in the Chrono-Kicks of Svetlana, a hoverblading outlaw with the ability to portal through time. Take on the evil Globacorp by stealing scattered time crystals before they catch you.
Metia Interactive (Auckland, NZ)
Guardian Maia (Mobile) - 2020
- The Maori world view guardianship/kaitiakitanga means protection, preservation or sheltering where there is kinship between humans and the natural world.
Mighty Games Group (Melbourne)
Piffle (Switch, Mobile, PC) - 2020
- Quest through colorful worlds and battle nefarious Doc Block with your team of adorable Piffle Balls - they may be cute but they pack a punch!
Mini Mammoth Games (Adelaide)
Critter Capture (Mobile) – February 2021
- Capture bugs by drawing circles around them. Don't let them hit your net though!
Mischka Kamener (Melbourne)
Room to Grow (PC, Mac) – February 2021
- Tackle thorny problems in this plant pushing puzzle game. Learn to maneuver like a cactus as you grow your way back to the desert!
Modern Storyteller (Melbourne)
The Forgotten City (Xbox One, PC)
- The Forgotten City is a mature narrative-driven game, and a re-imagining of the critically acclaimed mod that won a national Writers’ Guild award and racked up over 3 million downloads.
Florence (Switch, Mobile, PC) - 2020
- Florence Yeoh feels a little... stuck. Her life is an endless routine of work, sleep, and spending too much time on social media. Then one day, she meets a cello player named Krish who changes everything about how she sees the world and herself.
Myriad Games (Hobart)
Where the Snow Settles (Xbox One, PC)
- Escape to a desolate world of beauty and isolation as Aurelia searches for her missing sister. Aided by mysterious spirits, she unearths a tale that will change her forever.
N3V Games (Brisbane)
Trainz Railroad Simulator (PC) - 2019
- Much more than just a train driving simulator. Build, drive and operate the railroad of your dreams with Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019.
Nathan Francis (Sydney)
Metal Heads (PC) - March 2021
- Metal Heads is a multiplayer party game where up to 8 players compete in a series of whacky and fun mini-games to determine who is the ultimate metal head.
No Moss Studios (Sydney)
Beam Team (PC) – 2018
- Survive the onslaught. Rescue your teammates. Fight back against the planet.
You and your team are interstellar diplomats from the planet Yoofo, and you've just received your latest orders: find and destroy the other planets in this quadrant of the galaxy.
RocketWerkz (Dunedin, NZ)
Icarus (PC) - TBA
- ICARUS is a session-based PvE survival game for up to eight co-op players or solo. Explore a savage alien wilderness in the aftermath of terraforming gone wrong. Survive long enough to mine exotic matter, then return to orbit to craft more advanced tech. Meet your deadline or be left behind forever.
Rainbite (Auckland, NZ)
Trigger Witch (PS4, Nintendo Switch) - TBA
- Trigger Witch is a 2D, twin-stick, action/adventure game set in an odd open world where magic is mundane, but firearms are the new unknown! You are Colette, and as you graduate from the Stock, a curious man invades your world.
Route 59 Games (Melbourne)
Necrobarista (PS4, Switch) - 2020
- Necrobarista is a cinematic visual novel set in a magical Melbourne cafe where the dead are granted one last night to mingle with the living.
Wanderer (PC) - TBA
- Built from the ground up for VR, Wanderer has a unique blend of escape room style puzzles, tactile hands on interactions and action arcade sequences to bring you the ultimate time travel adventure. Are you ready to walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before you?
Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse (PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, PC) – 2018
- Now reimagined and expanded in the new Mormo's Curse update, The Swords of Ditto is a roguelite action RPG that creates a unique adventure for each new hero of legend in the relentless fight against the evil Mormo.
Onerat Games (Melbourne)
Elden: Path of the Forgotten (PC) – 2020
- Guide Elden on a mission across a blighted land to save their mother from ancient horrors. Engage in brutal, technical, combat and master eldritch magics as you walk the Forgotten Path.
Paper House (Melbourne)
Paperbark (Mobile, PC) – 2018
- Paperbark is a charming game that tells a beautiful short story of a wombat, the bush and a very hot Australian Summer.
Prideful Sloth (Brisbane)
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, PC) - 2018
- Unwind and enjoy the slow life in Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, a relaxing open-world adventure game. Yonder is set in the world of Gemea. A natural island paradise with eight distinct environments ranging from tropical beaches to snow-capped summits.
SMG Studio (Sydney)
Sp!ng (Apple Arcade) – March 2021
- SP!NG is like a stress ball for your brain. Experience the zen and skillful world that is SP!NG. With only one touch, flow through hundreds of hand-crafted levels.
Unlock new themes that change the look and feel of your experience.
Sample Text Studios (Auckland, NZ)
Frame of Mind (PC) – January 2021
- In Frame of Mind, you are placed in a world where logic is escaping you. Each area of the game defies reason, requiring you to think outside the box in order to solve the illogical and escape madness.
Samurai Punk (Melbourne)
JUSTICE SUCKS: RECHARGED (PC) - TBA
- JUSTICE SUCKS: RECHARGED is an action comedy sandbox game about a killer robot vacuum cleaner on a quest for vengeance through a Neo-90s TV universe. Hack smart devices, turn them into deadly traps and consume the blood of your enemies for power.
Sbug Games (Brisbane)
Webbed (PC) - 2021
- Swing through the trees, spin sticky webs, and make friends with bugs! Be the adorable spider you've always wanted to be.
Sidebar Games (Brisbane)
Golf Story (Switch) - 2017
- Golf Story combines the sheer excitement of golf with a serious story that plays out over 8 different courses. Play the story of a golfer who is forced to give up all that he holds dear for one last shot at accomplishing his dreams. But all is not so simple in the world of golf.
Smash Attack Studios (Launceston)
- ShapeVS is a fast paced, action packed, local multiplayer extravaganza for up to 4 players. Featuring 12 different games ranging from top down arena shooters to endless runners.
slinky (Auckland, NZ)
Roulettemin Pro: World Tour (PC) – February 2021
- roulettemin pro: world tour is a lovely little russian roulette experience for any amount of players above 1. It's not all luck, though - each player can spin, pass or peek into the gun once, and you can use these tools to greatly increase your chances of being the last min standing.
Spunge Games (Brisbane)
Faily Brakes Classic (iOS) – April 2021
- It’s 2016… We were all eagerly awaiting the release of the iPhone 7… Trump becomes President… David Bowie left this planet… Creepy Clown sightings were an actual thing and Britain votes to leave the EU.
Starburnt Studios (Brisbane)
Arque Skies (PC) - 2018
- In a beautiful 2D world of floating sky islands and rolling oceans of cloud, take command of a Cloudship and fly into Arque Skies!
Sun’s Shadows Studios (Melbourne)
Beyond the Veil (PC, iOS) - 2020
- Beyond the Veil is a text-based horror game, with a focus on character-driven storytelling. Drawing on the rich history of New Orleans, the choices you make will not only alter the story, but also the personality of the protagonist.
Team Cherry (Adelaide)
Hollow Knight: Silksong (PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, PC) - TBA
- Discover a vast, haunted kingdom in Hollow Knight: Silksong! The sequel to the award winning action-adventure. Explore, fight and survive as you ascend to the peak of a land ruled by silk and song.
Team Up Studios (Perth)
Untitled (Switch, PC) - TBA
Team Up Studios is a brother and sister team of indie developers with a passion for environmental conservation in Australia. Their first title is inspired by the games of their youth and their ongoing connection and love of nature. It is an untitled game with 2D platformer mechanics that engages with the consequences of climate change inaction. It features challenges and bosses linked with natural disasters, extinction and ethical conundrums.
Things For Humans (Melbourne)
Video World (PC) – January 2021
- Video World is a Halloween synth-pop musical about working at a video store. It is a companion video-game to the EP 'Video World' from Australian synth-pop artist Monster Mansion.
Tinyware Games (Perth)
Misc. A Tiny Tale (Switch, PC) - TBA
- Join Buddy and BagBoy, two tiny robots made up of miscellaneous items on a heartfelt adventure taking you through their world. Hop chapter to chapter, meeting a quirky cast of characters along the way while collecting cogs to repair gates. A tiny tale, a big adventure!
True Crimes Games (Melbourne)
Eastern Market Murder (Mobile) - TBA
- Delve into a mystical world of fortune tellers and phrenologists in this twisted tale of murder and madness. Blood red radishes, a business jealousy, whispers of false friends. When everything is not as it seems, will you foresee how it ends?
Undermog Games (Dunedin, NZ)
Operation S.T.E.E.L. (PC) - 2021
- Operation STEEL is a roguelike shoot-em-up rendered in beautiful hand-drawn art. Find and upgrade weapons while combatting the electronic legion across the galaxy!
Vivink Studios (Melbourne)
Ailuri (Switch, PC) - TBA
- A gloriously hand-drawn, 2D platformer following the breathtaking story of an endangered red panda. The engaging tale also promotes awareness of endangered species with lively and endearing characters and worlds.
Walk with Kings (Melbourne)
Hot Brass (PC) – February 2021
- As an elite SWAT operator, think fast and put your tactics to the test to master a series of missions and save lives. Summon your team of up to four players in online and local co-op, or hone your skills solo. Don’t just be the best—be the best of the best.
Whistling Wizards (New Zealnd)
Rose & Locket (PC, consoles) - TBA
Rose & Locket is an action-adventure journey set in the Wild West. Rose is an ex-outlaw who left her wicked ways behind after falling pregnant with her daughter - Rosebud. One day, a shadowed figure shows up and traps Rosebud’s spirit in a locket. He tells Rose to travel to the Underwest and rid it of its evil, only then can she have Rosebud back.
Witch Beam (Brisbane)
Unpacking (PC, Mac, Linux) - 2021
- Unpacking is a zen puzzle game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Part “item Tetris”, part home decoration, you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life you’re unpacking.
Yak & Co (Melbourne)