Announcing the G4C17 Awards Nominees



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Announcing the 2017 nominees

 

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2017 Games for Change Awards! Join us at the Games for Change Festival to play these games and see who will win at the annual G4C Awards Ceremony.

All nominees are considered for the Awards’ top honor, Game of the Year, which is awarded to the nominee that best exemplifies all categories.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their games and to our jury of leaders from the gaming community, social impact sector, media, and tech, who dedicated their time to rigorously evaluating all entries.

 

And don’t forget to vote!

We are proud to partner again with Mashable on the Mashable + G4C People’s Choice Award, where everyone can vote for their favorite game! Cast your vote here.

Best Gameplay
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Minecraft: Education Edition
Developers: Mojang & Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Mac, PC
This version of the popular open-world game, Minecraft, is specifically designed for traditional classroom environments. It contains features that make Minecraft more accessible and effective in a classroom like an in-game camera and student privacy features. 
seahero
Sea Hero Quest
Developer: Glitchers
Platforms: Android, iOS
The world’s first game where anyone can help scientists fight dementia. As a sea explorer’s son, save your father’s memories by navigating his boat through five levels. Your navigating skills will be recorded and the data contributed by a global benchmark, helping dementia research. 
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Tracking Ida
Developer: Lishan AZ
Platforms: ARG, live-action
An educational alternate reality game (ARG) inspired by the pioneering journalism of Ida B. Wells that was piloted in Watts, Los Angeles. Players learned about Wells’ crusade against lynching by unlocking archives and solving puzzles. Connecting history to the present, players investigate police killings today and learn media making to spread awareness.
most innovative
epistory
Epistory – Typing Chronicles
Developer: Fishing Cactus
Platforms: Mac, PC
Epistory immerses you in an atmospheric action/adventure game where you play as a girl riding a giant fox  who fights an insectile corruption from an origami world. As you progress and explore, the story literally unfolds and the mysteries of the magic power of the words are revealed. 
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Everything
Developer: David O’Reilly
Platforms: PC, Mac, PlayStation 4
Everything is about the quiet explosion of life going on all around us. Everything is a simulation of reality where everything you see is a thing you can be, from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond – you can be the universe or create your own. 
PRY
PRY
Developer: Tender Claws
Platform: iPad
PRY is a hybrid app that collides cinema, game and book to re-imagine how we can touch, close and pry into a story, moving seamlessly among words and images to explore  layers of character’s consciousness. 
mostsignificant
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Liyla and Shadows of the War
Developer: Rasheed Abueideh
Platforms: Android, iOS
Based on actual events, Liyla and the Shadows of the War tells the story of a little girl living in Gaza during the war in 2014. In this atmospheric platforming game, players help the girl navigate a series of puzzles, constantly evading the surrounding dangers of war.
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Walden, A Game
Developer: Game Innovation Lab
Platforms: PC, Mac
A first-person simulation of the life of American philosopher Henry David Thoreau during his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond. Players follow in Thoreau’s virtual footsteps, balancing their basic survival needs with a search for the sublime in the small beauties of the woods. 
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Minecraft: Education Edition
Developer: Mojang & Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Mac, PC
This version of the popular open-world game, Minecraft, specifically designed for traditional classroom environments. It contains features that make Minecraft more accessible and effective in a classroom like an in-game camera and student privacy features. 
bestlearning
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1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Developer: iNK Stories
Platforms: PC, Mac, Android, iOS
A choice-driven narrative game that brings players into the brooding world of a nation on the verge of collapse. Play as Reza, an aspiring photojournalist, and make life and death decisions as you survive the gritty streets of Iran in the late 1970s. 
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DragonBox BIG Numbers
Developer: WeWantToKnow
Platforms: iOS, Android
Dive into the world of the Nooms and learn big numbers, and long addition and subtraction! Young players are challenged to think strategically over the course of the game to trade resources and unlock new worlds. 
cosmos
At Play in the Cosmos
Developers: W. W. Norton/GEAR Learning/Learning Games Network
Platforms: PC, Mac
In a journey through space and time, players are put in the pilot’s seat, on a quest to solve mission challenges. The game helps students build an intuitive understanding of the scale of the universe, the tools astronomers use, and the process of science. 

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