Hispanic & Latinx Designed Games

Video Games

A Tiny Sticker Tale

  • Designer : Ogre Pixel
  • Publisher: Ogre Pixel
  • Players: Single Player
  • Length of Play: ~ 2 hours
  • Ages: E  – Everyone (ESRB)
cartoon image of a donkey holding a book with stickers flying out on a sunny landscape

The game will be released on Steam and Nintendo Switch on October 4, 2023. For those that would like to give the game a try there is a demo available on Steam. The developers describe the game as: 

“A Tiny Sticker Tale is a cozy miniature adventure about changing the world, using the power of stickers! …[T]ake anything from the world around you, turn it into a sticker, and use your creativity to stick it back in different places, solving puzzles, and helping your new friends!” ~ Steam

I haven’t had a chance to play this but it looks like it would be a lot of fun.  Patrons could play this and also if the library has sticker making resources it might be fun to create their own little adventure scenes as well.  The time to play seems reasonable as well so that it could be completed within one or two events.

Spacelines from the Far Out

  • Designer : Coffeenauts
  • Publisher: Skystone Games
  • Players: 1-4 local and online co-op
  • Length of Play: Varies per session
  • Ages: E10 – Everyone 10+ (ESRB)
cartoon image of an outer space bus driven by a green creature losing passengers

This game was released on Steam and Xbox Game Pass on June 9, 2022.  The developers describe the game as:

“A procedurally-generated co-op adventure where you and your friends are the crew of an intergalactic travel company - it’s your job to get your passengers to their location safe, happy, and hopefully with as little vomiting as possible!” ~ Coffeenauts.com
“Spacelines from the Far Out is a ‘roguelike-like’ co-op management game about airlines in space, featuring unlockable spaceships, upgrades, characters and customizations, randomly-generated challenges, trips and itineraries, with a generous serving of 60s space-age flair and jazz!” - Steam

After watching some actual plays online it feels like it would be a great drop in and drop out type of game.  Also who doesn’t like getting up to chaotic shenanigans with their friends?  The theming is definitely on point!

TTRPGs

What A Pickle!

  • Designer : Alexander Sheep
  • Players: 2-6
  • Length of Play: 30 min – 2 hours
  • Ages: 13+
  • Link to Game Page
text against a pink image of a pickle jar on an eye searing field of yellow-green

In this gm-less storytelling game players into a world with many problems but thankfully just as many solutions. Being a gm-less game there is no need for the  librarian hosting to make a huge background or elaborate characters, rather everyone gets a turn to shape the story. The rules are clear and well laid out as well as easy to learn and teach. Overall the game is themless  which makes it great for incorporating into ongoing programs and events or match the interest of a wide variety of patron groups. Play of the game consists of deciding together the overall setting and premise of the world everyone will play in and then taking turns creating situations and solving them with items players might find around them. The game encourages players to see beyond the surface level of how one might use those items and be creative in how it might be employed in problem solving.  This game embraces the joy of problem solving and collaboration in the face of forces greater than oneself.  Delightful, fun, imaginative, and engaging this game is highly recommended for any library collection or game night. 

All Hands on Deck

  • Designer : Alice V.
  • Players: 3-6
  • Length of Play:  30 min – 2 hours
  • Ages: 13+
  • Link to Game Page
a painterly image of ships of many sizes on a choppy ocean

In this gm-less storytelling game players explore the high seas with each other using 4 tables of questions and a standard 52 card deck as randomizers of events you deal with. The main rules of the game fit within a single page and are easy to explain and learn. The length of the game is easy to modify depending on patron need or desire.  Being a gm-less game the responsibility and agency of storytelling is shared between all players. The game also has a strong theme and the 4 tables of questions help players explore engaging questions about their ship, crew, and life at sea. Definitely recommended for your libraries next game night.

Additional Resources

Latinx In Gaming

“Latinx in Gaming connects Latines across the gaming industry to promote cultural appreciation and representation in games and content, providing a platform for Latinx community members to elevate each other and themselves.” This organization hosts a Twitch channel, Discord server, grant program, and Spanish-language overview of steps in the game creation process.