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The Center for Computational Experience houses UCSC’s five games-related research labs including the Expressive Intelligence Studio – one of the largest technical game research groups in the world. CCE boasts one of the largest interdisciplinary faculties, drawn from Computer Science, Psychology, Economics, Computer Engineering, Literature, Theater, and Art.

Undo

(2021)

Undo is an interactive game where the player seems to be trapped in a vicious time cycle of reliving the same traumatic event. They begin by finding themself stuck in a hospital and each time they reenter the loop, the player must determine the right path to go back and save their loved one.

  • 1 supplemental file

S.U.R.V.I.V.E

(2021)

S.U.R.V.I.V.E is a Twine based game set in a post-apocalyptic world struck by a deadly spore disease. The mission, or player objective, is to survive the disease and the difficult choices it presents while making their way to a port where hope of a ship that can take them to a place untouched by the disease exists. It's a very rough and unpolished game. Although, maybe someone can take the idea and make it better.

  • 1 supplemental file

Purpose of the Warrior

(2021)

See through the eyes of either Toshiro, Wanako, or Minoto as you traverse the aftermath of a battlefield in feudal Japan. These three friends come across many difficult decisions and dangerous situations. You will choose what these characters do in these instances. Will they all be able to make it out of the violence?

  • 1 supplemental file

Lost Dog

(2021)

Lost Dog is a straightforward, down-to-earth link-based game set in a suburban neighborhood. The player is tasked to find their lost dog through a variety of choices presented to them. There are a total of 12 endings to achieve in the game.

  • 1 supplemental file

Mystery Mansion

(2021)

You're a detective sent by "the association" to investigate the mysterious disappearance of one of their high ranking members. Your destination is a mansion where your target was last seen. However, you feel like there's something very strange about this mansion.

  • 1 supplemental file

Stranded and Lost

(2021)

You wake up in a desert not knowing who you are and where you're from. You make decisive decisions throughout your journey. Your goal is to survive.

  • 1 supplemental file

Don't Overthink It

(2021)

Don't Overthink It is a text base adventure following a "nameless" character stuck inside a a prison trying to find a way out without wasting its time overthinking his options. Yet when he gets out and finds himself living his life he gets loop back to the prison once more. The goal is to find a way out of the loop which can be done from the start or later on the story. As for the aim of the game, it was to base the story to the gameplay, which some parts do it others sadly not.

  • 1 supplemental file

Memories

(2021)

Memories is a fictional remake of the protagonists life. They may choose to live it out however they wish, from start to finish they get to pursue any "what-ifs" of life.

  • 1 supplemental file

Heist Team

(2021)

Heist Team is a game where the player is challenged to put together a successful heist team over the course of 10 days. They build their team by interacting with a variety of different people, who, depending on their interactions, they can recruit. After the 10 days pass, the player either succeeds or fails in their heist depending on how effective their team was.

  • 1 supplemental file

Pawn

(2021)

A fast paced tactical text-based game that requires quick decision making and fast reaction time. Do your best to work with your squad and complete the mission. Discover the truth.

  • 1 supplemental file