The Design Challenge

The Change the Game Design Challenge is an initiative to inspire teens to build a more inclusive future for mobile gaming. This year, we asked teens to share their mobile game idea for a chance to win a $15,000 college scholarship, $15,000 tech donation to their school and/or community center and other amazing prizes.

The 5 finalists

We chose five finalists who wanted to bring their unique voices to the gaming world. We are partnering with Girls Make Games to produce, develop and launch their game designs on Google Play. Meet the five winners and their inspirational stories behind the game.

1/5

Brightlove

Brightlove

Brightlove is a coming-of-age narrative that encourages players to be kind and to take action, rather than being mere bystanders. A refreshing contrast to the violence that often permeate mobile games, Brightlove encourages positive actions and rewards kindness.

Genre

Casual, Logic, Match game

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Anna Winner

New York

Anna, 18

“By having players help hurt creatures and respond to evil monsters, my game emphasizes that we should take action to help those in danger and not simply be bystanders.”

2/5

Lune

Lune

Lune takes place in a distant future, where humanity has achieved deep space travel and created sentient AI. The player enters as Turin and is prompted to make choices, which will dictate her statistics, battle options and ultimately decide her fate.

Genre

Adventure, Fantasy, Puzzle

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Bridgette

Washington

Bridgette, 16

“Lune hopes to inspire a sense of loneliness, intrigue, and fulfillment.”

3/5

Good Dogs Bring Joy

Good Dogs Bring Joy

Good Dogs Bring Joy is a casual game that flips the virtual pet game idea on its head. The user plays as a dog named Alex who wants to help their owner. To succeed, Alex needs to be a good dog, help out around the house and protect their pack.

Genre

Casual, Single-Player, Puzzle

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Grace

Texas

Grace, 15

“The idea of a game with you as a dog taking care of a human came to me while I was walking my own dog, a miniature poodle named Lucy.”

4/5

Spectrum

Spectrum

Spectrum is a 2D platformer, fantasy game in which ‘sprites’, small pixie-like creatures, are taking over the bodies of other creatures on Earth. The challenge is to navigate the different worlds to complete your quests and ultimately save your sprite-invaded friends.

Genre

Action, Fantasy, Adventure

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Krista

New Hampshire

Krista, 18

“I really wanted to capture a feeling of love and belonging and the ability to do something about whatever situation you’re in.”

5/5

YuMe

YuMe

YuMe is a dream-like, fantasy game about self-discovery. The game follows the main character, Yume, as she travels through the universe to find her home planet. Users will help Yume by solving puzzles and matching clues.

Genre

Adventure, Fantasy, Puzzle

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Neha

California

Neha, 15

“I wanted Yume’s adventure to be a metaphor for all of us: individuals trying to find where we belong in a complex community.”

Honorable Mentions

We were blown away by the talent and creativity of this year’s submissions. These honorable mentions captured our attention and stretched our imaginations.

Allie, 16

Massachusetts

Route to Success

Ayla, 13

Washington

Which Witch

Connie, 17

Pennsylvania

The World is a Beautiful Place

Connor, 16

South Carolina

Plantscape

Faye, 15

Washington

Neura

Gina, 18

Texas

GWISHIN

Jack, 18

Illinois

all-inclusive Beatdown

Jadyn, 14

California

Illuminia

Kailyn, 13

Florida

The Labyrinth Conqueror

Maren, 15

Colorado

anti*space

Sadie, 15

Kentucky

Fontasia

Shannon, 18

New York

Reformation

Taylor, 16

North Carolina

Wilhelm The Wacky

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