Entrant 2018

Reframe Games


"GUIDE tells the story of Fia, a phoenix chick born into a lonely and frightening world. When a stranger appears and offers to lead her to safety, Fia follows, but this guide's way of seeing things may cast more shadows than light."

GUIDE is a 2D puzzle platformer by Reframe Games which aims to teach children and adolescents about social anxiety through parable and play. By asking players to challenge the fearful voice of Fia's Guide, they learn to deal with themselves and others in a more compassionate way. The game was originally conceived as a short "playable trailer" for an international student game design competition co-hosted by iThrive and Games4Health, and the project won second place in the category of adolescent empathy. The game has since been shown at numerous festivals and venues, most recently at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's SAAM arcade. GUIDE will be publicly released in 2018.