This Year’s Batch of DADIU Games – 6 Free Student Games

I doubt that many of you have ever heard of DADIU – The Danish Academy of Interactive Digital Entertainment. The DADIU program is a collaboration between many different educational institutions (design schools, universities, etc.) where the goal is to create computer games. The students get together for a whole semester where they strengthen their competences and develop a computer game at the end of the period.

In recent years, the DADIU program has created several PAX 10 games, IGF nominees, and more. The games are developed using Unity, and the games will require the installation of the Unity Web Player if you wish to play them directly through your browser (Don’t worry, it’s completely safe). Most of the games are also available for download on either Windows or Mac. No installation is required using this method, and the performance is often better.

Following is a list of the 6 new DADIU 2011 games. The games were created in six weeks by around 15 people on each production.

For those of you who're interested, I worked as a level designer on Back to Bed. I've used the games' official descriptions and will let the games speak for themselves. Have fun!

Back to Bed

Bob the sleepwalker have a habit of always falling asleep in hazardous places. Luckily for Bob, his subconscious protector, Subob, is always ready to save him. Now the challenge for Subob is to guide Bob to safety, across rooftops, avoiding falls and around dangerous creatures from the nightmares of Bob.

Wake Up Clone

In hostile dystopian environment you wake up, naked and vulnerable. Your surroundings are filled with broken robots and dead naked humans. As you move forward one of the robots catches and modifies you. A robotic voice now contacts you. The voice coaxes you to go to the surface where nice things awaits.

To get to the surface the player needs to utilize the augmentations forced on by the machine. The augmentations makes the player capable of advanced movement.

A Mother's Inferno

A mother loses her son on a train and must confront the five demons of loss in order to get him back. You play as the mother in this disturbing and uncompromising vision of a train ride gone to hell.

Distorpia

You are sent into a quarantined apartment complex to clean up after a corporation has tested a system that enables travel to a digital dimension. But the system has malfunctioned and all the residents disappeared. Your mission is to shut it down, but be careful! The place is haunted by virtual ghosts.

Blackwell

Stone cold fear washes over you on this nerve-racking escape from the Blackwell’s Island Women’s asylum. Your heart pounds feverishly from all the sedatives forced upon you, your sight fails from exhaustion. Do you have the nerve to live through this humane horror?

Hell Driver

You play as Blake Damon – an outlaw road rager who has driven himself to hell. Your V8 muscle car is your weapon as you drive to survive on Hell’s Highway. Crush hell spawned imps to drain their bodies for the powerful Hell Juice and destroy the demon truck chasing you.

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Posted by TMThomsen

I doubt that many of you have ever heard of DADIU – The Danish Academy of Interactive Digital Entertainment. The DADIU program is a collaboration between many different educational institutions (design schools, universities, etc.) where the goal is to create computer games. The students get together for a whole semester where they strengthen their competences and develop a computer game at the end of the period.

In recent years, the DADIU program has created several PAX 10 games, IGF nominees, and more. The games are developed using Unity, and the games will require the installation of the Unity Web Player if you wish to play them directly through your browser (Don’t worry, it’s completely safe). Most of the games are also available for download on either Windows or Mac. No installation is required using this method, and the performance is often better.

Following is a list of the 6 new DADIU 2011 games. The games were created in six weeks by around 15 people on each production.

For those of you who're interested, I worked as a level designer on Back to Bed. I've used the games' official descriptions and will let the games speak for themselves. Have fun!

Back to Bed

Bob the sleepwalker have a habit of always falling asleep in hazardous places. Luckily for Bob, his subconscious protector, Subob, is always ready to save him. Now the challenge for Subob is to guide Bob to safety, across rooftops, avoiding falls and around dangerous creatures from the nightmares of Bob.

Wake Up Clone

In hostile dystopian environment you wake up, naked and vulnerable. Your surroundings are filled with broken robots and dead naked humans. As you move forward one of the robots catches and modifies you. A robotic voice now contacts you. The voice coaxes you to go to the surface where nice things awaits.

To get to the surface the player needs to utilize the augmentations forced on by the machine. The augmentations makes the player capable of advanced movement.

A Mother's Inferno

A mother loses her son on a train and must confront the five demons of loss in order to get him back. You play as the mother in this disturbing and uncompromising vision of a train ride gone to hell.

Distorpia

You are sent into a quarantined apartment complex to clean up after a corporation has tested a system that enables travel to a digital dimension. But the system has malfunctioned and all the residents disappeared. Your mission is to shut it down, but be careful! The place is haunted by virtual ghosts.

Blackwell

Stone cold fear washes over you on this nerve-racking escape from the Blackwell’s Island Women’s asylum. Your heart pounds feverishly from all the sedatives forced upon you, your sight fails from exhaustion. Do you have the nerve to live through this humane horror?

Hell Driver

You play as Blake Damon – an outlaw road rager who has driven himself to hell. Your V8 muscle car is your weapon as you drive to survive on Hell’s Highway. Crush hell spawned imps to drain their bodies for the powerful Hell Juice and destroy the demon truck chasing you.

Posted by RetroVirus

These all seem pretty cool. Can't wait to check them out!

Posted by BrainSpecialist

Free games! Hurrah!

Posted by OppressiveStink

"Wake up clone" is going to be the name of my Orgy cover band.

Posted by jakob187

I couldn't get them to load up, and I'm at work...so I can't download them. Pity.