When we last checked in with the most recent recipient of the Games for Change Fellowship offered by the Tribeca Film Institute, the two-woman team behind “Wonder Women! The Untold Tale of American Superheroines“ teased an upcoming game project.
We put them together with veteran game design, Naomi Clark, and we’ve just received word that their project, Wonder City, has been successfully funded and there’s an open call for game writers and illustrators right now. (More info here.)
From the creators Kelcey Edwards and Kristy Guevara-Flanagan:
WONDER CITY is a companion adventure game to the Independent Lens documentary “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines”.
“Wonder Women!” the documentary investigates American popular culture’s evolving attitudes toward powerful women, including the serious lack of them. WONDER CITY strives to actively involve tweens in addressing the very same failure of imagination and opportunity that the film documents. As the film encourages young audiences to explore pop cultural history as a means of thinking critically about how we visualize power and gender, the game provides an interactive component for the same audience to identify their own heroic qualities and make empowered choices while building self-esteem.
The player starts by creating a heroine with her own unique style. She has the opportunity to select her heroine’s body shape and ethnic background as well as picking a costume, a superpower, and even a weakness she’ll have to strive to overcome.
WONDER CITY will use a gameplay structure popularized by games like “Surviving High School” from Electronic Arts and explored by lesser-known games like “Cute Knight”, “Prom Week” and “Choice of Romance”. The game itself will be both web and mobile based. The game will work as a stand-alone piece though it will live on the film’s website so fans of the film can easily find it.
Interested game writers and illustrators can learn more about this opportunity here.