Unpacking, Road 96, and The Vale among 2022 Games for Change Award finalists

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The 2022 Games for Change Awards finalists have been revealed ahead of the ceremony on July 15, 2022.

This year’s nominees were selected by a group of 125 game developers, researchers, and experts and include familiar names such as Unpacking, The Vale: Shadow of the Crown, and Road 96.

The Games for Change Awards aim to highlight the best social impact games from around the world across a variety of categories such as Best Civics Game, Best Learning Game, and Best XR for Change.

According to Games for Change organizers, this year’s awards were the most competitive and global in the festival’s history with over 400 submissions — spanning indie and triple-A projects — from 14 countries.

You can find the complete list of finalists below. The 19th annual Games for Change Awards will be streamed at 7pm EDT on July 15.

Games for Change Award 2022 finalists

Most Innovative:

Before Your Eyes from GoodbyeWorld Games

The Vale: Shadow of the Crown from Falling Squirrel

Inua – A Story in Ice and Time from Iko – The Pixel Hunt ARTE France

Unpacking from Witch Beam

Best XR for Change:

The Choice from Joanne Popinska

DIAGNOSIA from Mengtai Zhang and Lemon Guo

Gravitational from Electric Monkeys

Steps of Privilege from REM5 Studio

Best Civics Game:

Svoboda 1945: Liberation from Charles Games

VOXPOP from Gigantic Mechanic

Dot’s Home from Weathered Sweater & Rise Home Stories Project

MadeVR: Take me to the end of the Assembly Line from Singing Cicadas

Best Gameplay:

Road 96 from DigixArt

Before Your Eyes from GoodbyeWorld Games

Midnight Protocol from LuGus Studio & Sixty Four

Lost Recipes from Schell Games

Best Learning Game:

Lingo Legend from Hyperthought Games Inc.

Ava from Team Ava

Culture Overlord from Lucas Vially

Math Makers from Ululab

Most Significant Impact:

Svoboda 1945: Liberation from Charles Games

Blackhaven from Historiated Games

Dot’s Home from Weathered Sweater and Rise Home Stories Project

MadeVR: Take me to the end of the Assembly Line from Singing Cicadas

Best Health Game:

Smileyscope MRI from Smilescope

REThink Game from Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca

BeatNic Boulevard from skillsgapp

Best Narrative Game:

Before Your Eyes from GoodbyeWorld Games

Dot’s Home from Weathered Sweater and Rise Home Stories Project

The Vale: Shadow of the Crown from Falling Squirrel

UNSIGHTED from Studie Pixel Punk

Best Student Game:

There You Are from Funky Dango

P.A.N.I.K.O. from Bluv Studio

The Social Engineer from Pascal Jansen & Fabian Fischbach (Zefwih)

Project Anomaly: Urban Supernatural Investigator from Dark Science

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