Congratulations to all finalists for the Pavs 2019!

We saw our most submissions ever this year and the competition was very tight. Here's a look at the finalists for The Pavs 2019.

To see the short list of winners from 2019, click here.



by Bardsley Creative

Seedlings is a puzzle platformer where you use a seed to control different plant creatures, each with unique abilities to try continue the story.


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by Sand Gardeners

Brownie Cove Cancelled is a small experimental and surreal game/experience about the spaces in between and the unstoppable flow of time.


furistas cat cafe

by Runaway Play

Adopt and collect a wonderfully weird array of cats, based on real life furry friends, in Furistas Cat Cafe! With a gentle adoption narrative that runs throughout the game, each cat you adopt as you level up has a fascinating backstory and behaviours specific to their personality.


the waters above: prelude

by Studio Élan

Magic is fading, the stars are dying, and no one knows why. No one even speaks of it, carrying on like they have for tens of thousands of years, as if nothing has changed. In these circumstances, three sea nymphs and the living embodiment of a star struggle to find meaning in their lives and their fading world.


atone: heart of the elder tree

by Wildboy Studios

This 2D narrative adventure weaves a tale of fantasy and Norse mythology with stunning visuals and a compelling story. Spread over six chapters, follow Estra’s story as she forges a path through this wild world on a journey to uncover the truth about her father’s death.


perfectly ordinary ghosts

by Victoria Smith

Perfectly Ordinary Ghosts is a domestic horror interactive fiction.

It is a real house made imaginary.


guardian maia episode 1

by Metia Interactive

Guardian Maia Episode 1 is an interactive fiction gamebook that focuses on narrative strategy based on choice and consequence. This is a hybrid historical/science-fiction story that draws on the mythology of the Maori culture in New Zealand.



by Victoria Smith

Photograph cute birds and add unlock exciting new ones! There are over 50 types of birds to discover in a cute, colourful apartment. Take your time with relaxing, stress-free gameplay, and enjoy sharing the antics of your adorable feathered friends.

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end of the ward

by Corey Leigh

End of the Ward is a text based narrative about a doctor working in a public hospital as society begins to collapse under the changes wrought by climate change.



by Metia Interactive

Takaro is a game to teach young people to learn coding concepts and systems thinking through a hands-on, reactive environment. An important aspect of this game is to encourage digital interactivity for our rangatahi and expose them to technical terms in Te Reo Maori.


dr. grordbort's invaders

by Weta Workshop

Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders is a Mixed-Reality Magic Leap video game set in the retro-science fiction universe of Dr. Grordbort – a world of rayguns, rocket ships and deadly robot miscreants. Through ML’s amazing new tech, this rich sci-fi universe can finally co-exist with your own.


rolling line

by Gaugepunk Games

Rolling Line is a model train game set in New Zealand, based on several locations around the top of the South Island. Keep an eye out for kiwi icons such as the Interislander ferry, Coastal Pacific passenger train, Seaward Kaikoura mountain range and the lake Grassmere Saltworks.


major mayhem 2

by Rocket Jump

Major Mayhem 2 is a casual, arcade shooter reminiscent of arcade games such as Time Crisis and Metal Slug. Major Mayhem 2 continues and develops all aspects of its predecessor Major Mayhem taking its story, characters, gameplay, features to another level.



by Ian MacLarty

JUMPGRID is a bullet hell hyper-Pac-Man, played on a 3×3 dance floor. Survive an ever-moving cosmic obstacle course by deftly teleporting between nodes on the “jump-grid”.

This is a game about honing your muscle memory until you learn to dance with your fingers!

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by Sneaky Bastards

Master the elements in this stealth game where everything burns! Use your elemental powers in tandem with another player to find entirely new ways through Wildfire’s dense, systemic environment.


the haunted island, a frog detective game

by Worm Club

In this adventure, a small sloth has been haunted for weeks by a mysterious ghost that nobody can seem to track down. There’s a mystery afoot, and the only one who can solve it is the renowned amphibian investigator known simply as The Detective.



by Screwtape Studios

Cause distress in this fast-paced, challenging action platformer! Master Damsel’s speed and precision to carve the perfect path through each arena, with every move counting toward that perfect score and a place at the top of the leaderboards.

Damsel is a ballet, and you’re the choreographer.

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skyward journey

by Dan Vogt

Skyward Journey has players draw wind currents to guide lost birds home. There are no threats and minimal challenge – it’s a calm, meditative experience with evocative visuals and an extraordinary soundscape (thanks to Jeff van Dyck). 


colin thiele's storm boy the game

by Blowfish Studios

Based on Colin Thiele’s 1964 children’s book of the same name, Storm Boy takes place on the beaches of South Australia near the mouth of the Murray River, where the titular protagonist rescues orphaned pelican chicks, one of whom later becomes the child’s pet and faithful companion, Mr. Percival


my lil fanfic

by Star Paridaes

My Lil Fanfic is the world’s greatest/first/only fanfic writing simulator. It takes the player back to the fanfiction communities of the early to mid 2000s. Through alternating arcade-y typing segments and choice based creative decisions the player writes a story in collaboration with the game.