Finalist for the BAFTA YGD 2020 Game Making competition!

"...a poignant and emotional experience that I would highly recommend."
- Indie Hive

"Family Dinner is eye-opening and a very crucial game"
- Gayming Magazine

"...perfectly encapsulated the awkwardness of enduring familial transphobia"
- PinkNews

Family Dinner is an interactive-fiction game about being a closeted transgender teenager at a family dinner, and all the awkwardness and upset that entails.

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As seen on: PinkNews Stevivor Checkpoint Gaming Gayming Magazine BAFTA

Playtime: 15-20 minutes
Content Warning: Instances of transphobia, distressing scenes

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This made me sooo sad and mad!! The story is amazing and honestly felt so real! I already love Toby with my whole heart and I also love his supportive friend! Thank you creators for giving people like me a glimpse into one of the many struggles trans people have to face to be themselves.

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it's short and sweet, and by sweet i mean very sad and it gave me anxiety over a topic that doesn't apply to me so that's a sign of great storytelling right there

But for real it's very enjoyable and has a very poignant use of its time, and from a development standpoint, it is very clean and efficient, allowing no distractions from the main feature story.

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A short but really powerful game. I'm really happy that Toby at least has Jack.

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i love this game so much it's amazing. ( spoilers and my dumb ranting lmao ) the whole time i played this i was telling the mom and uncle barry to shut up before i slap them. when toby was kicked out i was saying " bro if you don't text jack i sWEAR-" and then he texted jack and i was really happy lmao. they're friendship goals ngl i want a friend like jack.

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This is incredible, I had a similar experience just two weeks ago with my father and he kicked me out. I truly wish I to support you but I am currently broke so I can't spare coin but I'm sharing this with everyone that I know will be interested. thank you for sharing such a powerful experience with the world. 

Don't worry about donations! I'm really happy you enjoyed the game. I hope all goes well for you in the future, too!

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This was really powerful and wonderfully made. As a transmasc teen, it really means a lot to me. I'm lucky enough to have a supportive immediate family, but I'm still terrified of fully coming out. I would love to see more games that take place in this universe. Maybe Toby could get a happy ending.

I can't thank you enough for this game and how much it means to me. Amazing work <3

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Thank you! I'm glad the game meant that much to you! And yeah, the epilogue I'm working on will definitely have a lighter tone.

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Well written, powerful stuff. I am compelled to ask, is there only one ending? If so, that's a clever way to speak to the lack of control trans people (especially trans youth) have over our own lives, subverting expectations of dialogue games in such a way.

Yeah, there's only one ending. Multiple routes to get there, but it all converges at the end.


Thanks for playing!

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This scares me for when I am gonna come out one day ;-;

There is only one ending in the game, but more than one ending in life. When I came out, a number of people surprised me and didn't act the way I expected. Some for the better some for the worse. I don't know your situation, but I hope that you get pleasant surprises when that time somes.

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this hit me right in my trans heart. it's such an effective experience and it perfectly encapsulates the anxiety that comes with being closeted and forced out

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That was well-written and well-paced. It all (text, images, audio) worked well as a way to paint a picture of a difficult situation.

Thank you so much!

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oof, the anxiety is real

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What a powerful game with a really well written narrative/script. The sounds, especially the moments with the heartbeat were really effective. I hope that everyone here checks it out.

Thanks for the kind words!!

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I LOVE THIS GAME SO MUCH, it feels like your in the shoes of the young strong man😂

Aw thank you!