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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.

Cat Cafe Rush

(2022)

you are a cat cafe employee tasked with rescuing the cats stolen by mechacat, can you save them all?

  • 1 supplemental ZIP

The Conquest

(2022)

War has broken out in the Continent of Nair. Can your strategy lead to a decisive victory?

  • 1 supplemental file

Wildflower

(2022)

A text-based narrative, adventure game created in Twine (Harlowe 3). The player, Charles Adkins, has recently lost his beloved wife, Annalise Adkins, and has to learn to cope with his loss alone. To his surprise, Annalise left him a note that sends Charles on a wild scavenger hunt through the city in which they lived, his past experiences and memories, and his life with Annalise. Through this journey, Charles has to learn how to cope with his grief and anxiety, but also learn how to appreciate the beauty of life and death.

  • 1 supplemental file

Escape the Ark

(2022)

You - the player - are created by mad scientists in the ark. The main goal of the game is to get out (escape) the ark. Your job is to explore and adventure the first room to find clues and open your way to other rooms containing fun challenges that will help you escape.

  • 1 supplemental ZIP

Sacrifice

(2022)

Sacrifice is a text-based game where the player must explore a ship, learn about what happened and make a choice on what to do about it. 

  • 1 supplemental file

DIZEM-Bark

(2022)

A top down, vertical based shooter made in Construct 3. 

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

There was peace among all the animal species in the Metazoa galaxy, but one species was tired of living in the shadows.

Led by their leader, Emperor Meowpatine, the feline species rose up in their quest to conquer all planets in the galaxy and enslave any animal they deemed inferior and their first target... their arch-nemesis, the canines.

The felines attacked and sought to round up any and all canines that came across their path, but one canine was not about to let this happen.

In order to save his fellow canine brethren, Luke Skybarker, and his crew created a special ark to fight for peace and justice which they called The Discovery Intergalactic Zoo Embassy of Mutt Buddies also known as, DIZEM-Bark.

As captain of this ark, the player must fly through space, collecting special power-ups to boost their abilities to aid in destroying their enemies, all while dodging enemy ships and their fish bone lasers. Eventually, one must come to face the ultimate enemy, Emperor Meowpatine, in order to save the galaxy and establish peace once and for all!

Atlantean Rescue 

(2021)

A game where you explore the deep sea to rescue all of your axolotl friends from dangerous enemies after your home of Atlantis falls apart.

  • 1 supplemental ZIP

Scavenger

(2021)

A ship shooter employing an alternative approach to the logics commonly found in the game genre. The player plays as a merchant instead of a pirate. The interactions in the game allow the player to choose to be passive or aggressive in their role.

  • 1 supplemental ZIP

Lapsed Memory

(2021)

In this text-based game, you are struck with amnesia and decide to visit your previous home in hopes to regain your memory with the help of an old friend.

  • 1 supplemental file

Deal of The Damned

(2021)

You and your friends were out drinking away your pain. After leaving the bar, you wandered the quiet and desolate streets until you come across a figure with an offer. Without warning, you all have been drawn into a mysterious place with no clear exits. With little choices to make, you must find an exit. Before what lurks in the shadows takes notice. A narrative horror game. 3 direct endings.

  • 1 supplemental file