Astra fund announces 6 ‘thinky’ game projects

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Astra is a new philanthropic fund that aims to create more ‘thinking games’. The company today announced six of those projects, as well as its plans to mentor growing, fledgling studios.

These projects will partner with new and existing studios to produce their thinking person’s projects. Astra’s stated goal is to unlock the potential of games with “thinky mechanics”. The fund wants developers to help players master concepts and create their own insights. Astra is also attracted to games that present ‘intriguing problems’ and ‘wonderful worlds’.

The first six games to benefit from Astra funding are:

Paper Trail — A puzzle game that folds paper. Star Stuff – A coding puzzle set in space. Rytmos — A puzzle game that emphasizes music and rhythm. Schrodinger’s Cat Burglar – A predatory adventure. Unannounced game from Furniture & Mattress. Secret project of Zach Gage and Orta Therox.

Furniture & Mattress is a new studio of some of the game industry veterans, including former PlayStation producer and editor Nick Suttner.

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All of Astra’s games so far have had a puzzle element, and that theme will likely continue. Rather than fixate on twitch reaction times or clicking heads in an action setting, Astra wants to slow things down and give people time to play games mindfully.

If you are working on such a game, Astra has freed up money. You can request a chance to get support for your game on the website. In addition to this financing, Astra will also put developers in touch with experienced advisors who can provide guidance. And because Astra’s goals are philanthropic, the end goal is about empowering creators and not necessarily about maximizing its own returns.

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