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Crazy Platez

Crazy Platez is a high-octane, Rochester-themed game, visually inspired by games like Grand Theft Auto 1 and Crazy Taxi. Your responsibility as a Crazy Platez Delivery Driver is to keep the people of Rochester, New York satisfied and full. Race against the clock to deliver plates and refill your tank before you run out of gas!


Cyberift is a top-down shooter that pits six players against each other in a cyber arena to win glory and become the greatest digital gladiator ever. Players kill AIs and each other to purchase brutal abilities for their characters. The players with the most kills at the end of the match, wins.
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MetroGnome is a rhythm defense game that allows players to explore their music in new and unique ways. You play as the metroGnome in the center of the screen, and have a range around you. Beats during the song will approach your character from either the left or the right, and when they get within your range you have to tap that side of the screen to destroy it. Points are awarded based on how accurate you were.
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13254031_619843044837613_8429008077126387198_nBroadsword 2: Recurrence, Resurgence, Rebalance, Recycle

Fragile Equilibrium is a game about the imperfection and impermanence of life. It is a reflection on transience, a balancing act between progress and regrowth, and a reminder to find beauty in decay and inevitable destruction.
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Charlotte_Still_libraryCharlotte is a first person horror, walking simulator/puzzle game that puts you in the role of a 19th century woman undergoing the rest cure for hysteria. Based on the famous 19th century short story, The Yellow wall-paper, Charlotte allows you to explore the history surrounding the story and the life of its author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Farewell to Dawn

Farewell to Dawn is a mixed reality dance performance which explores two dancers’ voyage from a physical space to a virtual stage and back, as the day passes before them.   It is a collaboration between RIT and the Nazareth College department of theatre and dance.   Performance of the piece is achieved using the Mixed Reality Stage, a platform that integrates motion capture and augmented reality (AR) with a distributed 3D gaming engine to enable live performance on a virtual stage.

For more info on the project, please visit:  Farewell to Dawn

Final Hour

Final Hour is a first-person, arena-based, multiplayer video game that is a unique mix of First Person Shooter, Survival, Horror, Adventure, and Role Playing Games. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world, thirty months after the outbreak of a man-made disease within the city of Barrowsville. It incorporates multiple game modes of PVP and PVE style, each using different playing systems.
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JoseWe are Building a structured, highly interactive and engaging science platform form for teenage homeschoolers. Homeschoolers do not have enough resources to buy or maintain a science laboratory and equipment. The parents need a simple, effective and immersive way that their children can learn. We are building software that will work with the existing and upcoming devices (phones and Virtual Reality headsets) that will be an interactive medium for simulated science laboratories.


imageColorCodedColorCoded is an easy to learn logic based puzzle game, targeting mobile and desktop platforms. In ColorCoded, players place colored hexes onto a board, attempting to clear it using the limited number of hexes available. There is no timer or limiting factor, and the player is free to try each puzzle as many times as needed. ColorCoded allows short, but meaningful, puzzles to fill the time on a bus, train, or before a meeting.

A Perfect Year


It is a Psychedelic themed game with JRPG style combat, where you are fighting against various monsters that each embody a different mental illness. While you’re fighting an enemy you have the opportunity to decide whether you want to kill the enemy or absorb them into yourself changing who you are.


CradleScreenshotCradle is an experimental puzzle game about a young girl using light to investigate shadowy contraptions built from rotating discs and sliding panels.  As she solves puzzles, she will reveal the history of her people: how they escaped the end of the world by hiding in an underground bunker.
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The RIT Theme Park Enthusiasts teamed with the RIT MAGIC

screenshot-2017-06-29-21-12-14The RIT Theme Park Enthusiasts teamed with the RIT MAGIC Center to provide a unique experience for the 10th annual Imagine RIT Festival.
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Released on Steam: A Small Robot Story by Rob Mostyn

A Small Robot Story is an adventure-platformer where you play as Rae, a small robot who activates and has no idea why. So you need to set out and find out what’s up!

With a heavy emphasis on story, A Small Robot Story will take you through forests, factories, caves, laboratories, and more as you track down and find the source of your sudden activation.
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Super Daryl Deluxe

daryl2 copy Super Daryl Deluxe is a 2D comedy action-RPG that follows an orange headband- and bellbottom- wearing adolescent who is forced to spend the height of his awkward teenage years in a new school that has, unfortunately, been taken over by evil self-help authors. His name is Daryl, and he just wants to make friends.
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RIT helps create virtual reality ‘MAGIC’ for Buffalo Bills

As the 2017-2018 NFL season kicks off, fans of the Buffalo Bills will be treated to a new virtual-reality experience at New Era Field, designed by RIT alumni, to help fans “see” the stadium from a unique perspective.

Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC Spell Studios has, at the request of the Buffalo Bills, created an interactive app that will allow fans to experience the stadium at One Bills Drive in a 360-degree immersive environment, including walking onto the field through the tunnel and seeing inside the locker room. Read More

Hack, Slash & Backstab


HSB is a multi-player arcade dungeon crawler with a twist!  We’ve all been there: stack ranking, team projects, student or employee evaluations on a curve – groups of people that need each other, but that are evaluated individually to the detriment of true teamwork. In Hack, Slash & Backstab, we adapt these broken models to a 2-4 player couch co-op dungeon crawler, and use a game setting to seemingly reduce the stakes. Work together as warrior, rogue, wizard and archer to survive a dangerous world. But only one player will be crowned the winner: it becomes a fight to the death, as betrayal and backstab become the tools of choice. #bewaretheknife

ESRB Rating: ‘Everyone 10+ with Mild Fantasy Violence’

A.V. the Game

headerA.V. follows the adventure of a sentient music program living in a computer system – a program seeking to learn more about itself and its world. But since our hero was only programmed to understand sound, that’s the only way he can interact with his environment. Each sound you generate can be seen as a pulse of light, and it’s this mechanic that serves as your primary tool for navigating A.V.’s open world. To help you along, a set of musical instrument algorithms allow for different types of interaction with the world, letting you open access to new areas.
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Adventure Guild

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The Mobile RPG You’ve Been Waiting For

Adventure Guild is a social Roguelike RPG built for mobile devices. Party up with your friends to explore the farthest reaches of the world. Tackle tactically challenging turn-based combat that forces you to work as a team.
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Chain Gang Chase

Chain Gang Chase is a video game coming to OUYA, and Desktop (and maybe Mobile, and Web!). It started as a hobby project by Joe Pietruch, and is growing into a much larger collaborative project with RIT faculty, students, and alumni.

We launched a Kickstarter Campaign on October 18 which was funded in mid-November, with the hope of hiring a small team of students full-time for this spring. Our release target for OUYA is May 2014, with other platforms to follow in November of 2014. As we just completed our funding round before the holiday recess, development will kick off in earnest in Spring Semester 2014.


Splattershmup is a game that explores the intersection of the classic shoot-em-up (or “shmup”) arcade game and gesturalized abstraction or “action painting” (a term coined by critic Harold Rosenburg in 1952 and often used to describe the work of American artist Jackson Pollock). It is intended to allow the player to reflect on their in-game actions and strategy in visual form, and to approach the creation of art as an arena of action. Art can thus be created, shared and discussed that comes “from inside the moment” of game-based decision. Splattershmup was produced in residence at the Rochester Institute of Technology in a studio course offered through the RIT School of Interactive Games and Media, with guidance, support and development from the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (MAGIC). It is published and maintained through MAGIC Spell Studios, LLC. © 2014-2015.

Dash Engine

Dash is an open-source 3D game engine written in the D Programming Language. Designed to facilitate rapid development, Dash aims to assume the role of XNA & MonoGame.

The engine is currently in development by Circular Studios, a group of RIT students. Dash is freely available on GitHub.


Mementomemento is the latest game project from Blind Horizon Studios. Designed to be the next step in the free running puzzle genre, Memento will bring truly fluid action to an emotionally charged storyline. Playing as a police officer, players will be shown just how demanding the job can be, learning more about the rules, regulations, and tough decisions required of the brave men and women of our police forces. With tight, intuitive controls, and challenging dynamic environments to navigate, Memento will change the way we run, jump, and climb.