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2023 The Definitive List of Australian Made Video Games

Our fifth annual list collecting every single game that has been made in Australia, from PC, Xbox, PlayStation Switch and more, SIFTER has collected every game released this year.

December 13, 2023 9:30 AM

I'm pleased to present the fifth annual Australian Made Games List for 2023. Every year I collect and document every game I can find so that this history of Australian game development is recorded. I won't lie though, this year was a lot harder with the collapse of Twitter as the game development community moves into better, but ultimately more fragmented online spaces.

You might not know that SIFTER's podcast Lightmap was selected for collection in the National Film and Sound Archive, our interview show is a long running and important record of the creative works made in this country. This list each year is a complete labour of love for me, I do it because I believe that creative work should be acknowledged and remembered.

If you've ever appreciated the work the team here at SIFTER has done since we started back in 2015, I'm asking you please to share it with your friends and colleagues, to join our newsletter, and if you have the means to support us financically so we can cover our costs on Ko-Fi. We're indie creators just like most of you and while it might not look like it we are almost entirely self-funded.

This year Victorian developers released 31 games, Western Australians had their biggest year in our records with 17 releases,  New South Wales based devs 11, South Australians released 12, Queenslanders released 8 games, Australian Capital Territory had 4, Tasmania had 3.

Overall Steam was still the most popular platform to release on with 49 different games launching there. Itch saw 20 releases and Nintendo Switch saw 7 games released. PlayStation had eight Australian made games and Xbox had seven launches this year.

If we've missed your game, please get in touch and we'll add it in. I've done hard work to capture everything we can find, but as the last five years have taught us there are always more games to learn about. You can add your game using our form here: Add my game to the Australian Made Game List and we'll update this page

Each game is added to this list once in the month of the their first release, but we include other later platform releases in that entry as well.

January

February

  • Rooftop Renegade - Melonhead Games - South Australia - 16 February 2023 - PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Lucie's Potager - Stellar Advent Pty Ltd - South Australia - 16 February 2023 - PC (Steam), Switch
  • Joon Shining - Orchid of Redemption - South Australia - 17 February 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • A Symmetric Escape - SporkTank - Victoria - 17 February 2023 - PC, Mac, Linux (Steam)
  • Umbra: Journey Home - Thomas Wray - Western Australia - 19 February 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Idyll - Demi - Victoria - 26 February 2023 - PC (itch)
  • Partum Artifex - DalaKoala Games - South Australia - 27 February 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • The Last Werewolf - Unnatural Freaks Studio - Western Australia - 28 February 2023 - PC (Steam)

March

  • OscarWildeCard - Up Multimedia - Victoria - 3 March 2023 - PC, Mac, Linux (Steam)
  • Final Profit: A Shop RPG - Brent Arnold - Victoria - 7 March 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Project: Nightlight - Fringe Realities - South Australia - 11 March 2023 - PCVR (Steam)
  • DemiDato - Sad Ghost Studios - Western Australia - 14 March 2023 - PC, Mac, Linux (itch)
  • Gubbins - Studio Folly - Victoria - 17 March 2023 - Apple App Store
  • Can of Wormholes - munted finger - Western Australia - 24 March 2023 - PC, Mac (Steam)
  • Wheely Bad Day - Mini Mammoth Games - South Australia - 26 March 2023 - Mobile (Google Play Store)
  • Innchanted - DragonBear Studios - Victoria - 29 March 2023 - PC (Steam) - SIFTER Showcase Interview
  • Fighting Chance - Violent Science - Western Australia - 30 March 2023 - Mobile (Apple App Store, Google Play Store)

Word puzzle game GUBBINS by Studio Folly was able to knock Wordle off the top of the charts

April

May

  • Dumb Ways to Die 4 - PlaySide - Victoria - 1 May 2023 - Mobile (Apple App Store, Google Play Store)
  • AFL 23 - Big Ant Studios - Victoria - 4 May 2023 - PC (Steam), PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 - 29 September 2023 - Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
  • KILLBUG - Samurai Punk - Victoria - 4 May 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Star Crossing - Andrew Savin - New South Wales - 5 May 2023 - Mobile (Google Play Store)
  • Temple Trial - Mini Mammoth Games - South Australia - 29 May 2023 - Mobile (Google Play Store)
  • Puzzle Quest 3 - Infinity Plus Two - Victoria - 31 May 2023 - Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4

June

  • CORPSE FACTORY - RIVER CROW STUDIO - Victoria - 1 June 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Neuron - Nearly A Studio - Western Australia - 1 June 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Goblins and Dragons - Silverlock Media - Western Australia - 3 June 2023 - PC (itch)
  • Repella Fella - Misadventurous - New South Wales - 6 June 2023 - PC, Mac (Steam)
  • The Divine Speaker: The Sun and the Moon - Two and a Half Studios - Tasmania - 9 June 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Dungeon Merchant - Monster Shop Games - Western Australia - 9 June 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Cyber Dose - Usage XR - Western Australia - 10 June 2023 - PC VR (Steam), Oculus Quest 2, Oculus Quest 3
  • Blightlands Blacksmith - Skald Software - Queensland - 18 June 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Vactics - The Lemur Conspiracy - Victoria - 20 June 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Mars First Logistics - Shape Shop - Victoria - 22 June 2023 - PC (Steam) - Lightmap Interview
  • Amarantus - ub4q - Australian Capital Territory - 27 June 2023 - PC (Steam, Itch)
  • Sometimes - Eliot Cox - New South Wales - 29 June 2023 - PC (Itch)
  • Grand-Nya - Sad Ghost Studios - Western Australia - 30 June 2023 - PC (itch)
MARS FIRST LOGISTICS by Shape Shop is incredibly funny physics puzzle game inspired by Lego Technic

July

August

  • Side Decide - Blue Volcano - New South Wales - 3 August 2023 - (Switch)
  • PLONG - Rob Gross - Western Australia - 4 August 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical - Summerfall Studios - Victoria - 10 August 2023 - PC (Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG, Humble), Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch - Lightmap Interview
  • Nekograms+ - Hungry Sky - Western Australia - 11 August 2023 - Mobile (Apple Arcade)
  • Moving Out 2 - SMG Studio, Devm Games - Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria - 16 August 2023 - PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
  • Jumplight Odyssey - League of Geeks - Victoria - 22 August 2023 - PC (Steam) - Lightmap interview
  • Earthlingo - EARTHLINGO - Western Australia - 23 August 2023 - PC, Linux (Steam), Mobile (Apple App Store, Google Play Store)

September

  • Pirate Haven - Downunder Games Studio - 15 September 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Stress Chess - Four Orb Studios - Australian Capital Territory - 20 September 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Liberation - Classyk Games - Victoria - 22 September 2023 - PC, Mac, Linux (Steam)
  • Star Farmer: Warlock of the Universe - Tinker Town - South Australia - 28 September 2023 - PC (Steam, Itch)
STRAY GODS: THE ROLEPLAYING MUSICAL is the first Australian made game to be nominated for a Grammy Award

October

November

  • Knife Knife Pop - Noisy Nit Games - New South Wales - 1 November 2023 - Mobile (Apple App Store)
  • Splatter Blaster - Mini Mammoth Games - South Australia - 6 November 2023 - Mobile (Google Play Store)
  • Salaryman RESCUE! - Universal Weebs Unlimited - Victoria - 10 November 2023 - PC VR (Steam, Itch)
  • Barton Lynch Pro Surfing - Bungarra Software - Western Australia - 16 November 2023 - PC (Steam), Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5
  • Straya - Ayrtech - Queensland - 17 November 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Knuckle Sandwich - Andy Brophy & Olivia Haines - Victoria - 23 November 2023 - PC (Steam) - Lightmap interview
  • Me, Myself & Die - Team MM&D - Australian Capital Territory - 28 November 2023 - Mobile (Google Play Store)

December

  • Picayune Dreams - Stepford, Andyland, milkypossum - Victoria - 5 December 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • A Date with Death - Two and a Half Studios - Tasmania - 7 December 2023 - PC (Steam)
  • Blood Reaver - Hell Byte Studios - South Australia - 11 December 2023 - PC (Itch)

That's it for another year we'll be back with more next year if you appreciate our jourrnalism please share our work with your friends. Check out the last four years of Australian made games below

Just a reminder if you want your game included in this list please get use our form to submit it and we'll get it added in! Add my game to the Australian Made Game List.

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8-Bit Adventures 2

PC
Developer:
Critical Games
Publisher:
Critical Games
Release Date:
January 31, 2023

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

PC
PlayStation 5
XBOX SERIES X|S
SWITCH
Developer:
Summerfall Studios
Publisher:
Humble Games
Release Date:
August 10, 2023

DROS

PC
Developer:
emergeWorlds
Publisher:
emergeWorlds
Release Date:

Jumplight Odyssey

PC
Developer:
League of Geeks
Publisher:
League of Geeks
Release Date:
August 21, 2023
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