This week saw hundreds of people piling into museums, universities and studios worldwide with one goal in mind – to make some games. Global Game Jam 2014 ended up with 4293 submissions, which you can check out here. Or, if that sounds like an awful lot to play through, we’ve picked some out for you to try!

percebaBrazil has a thriving game scene, so I’ve got three to show you. Firstly, there’s Perceba – an exploration game where the colour you add to the map affects the world you’re in. There’s adorable moments (like flying on a ladybird!) and it’s less about solving puzzles than it is about seeing a colourful, beautiful landscape.

Then we’ve got Colours of Me. This is a platformer where the colours you can ‘see’ affect the routes you can take. You gain access to each of the four colours over time, meaning it’s easy to work out what you’re doing. If there’s one flaw, it’s that you have to spend a lot of time remembering which colours let you access which sections! Just don’t make the same mistake I did – when you open the game, it’ll say WASD in the top left corner. These aren’t the movement controls (which are actually the arrow keys), they’re there for when you gain access to colour.

goattripLastly from Brazil is Corabell, a sidescroller about a little girl who has lost the colour in the world. The mechanics are very simplistic – all you can do is jump – but the idea of gaining and losing colour depending on how well you do is a very interesting one.

Moving across the globe, we head to Israel. Goat Trip is a sidescroller about a goat, a cat, and a girl. Or, more accurately, a giant terrifying pink fluffy goat that’s rolling around trying to crush you, a cat, and a girl with laser powers. It’s fast moving, bright and just a little bit addictive!

Next up – Russia! Sappho is a tower defence game with cute, almost paper-cut like graphics, and two major mechanics – the ability to put out, or increase, the flames that the witch is casting. It’s a great take on the usual save/protect the princess, and well worth a quick play through.

If you haven’t noticed yet, most of these games are being picked because they’re adorable. But I’m Not Sleepy continues that trend! Hailing from Uruguay, this game features a girl who just doesn’t want to go to bed. Fight monsters whilst avoiding your dad, and try not to tire yourself out too much!

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That’s it for this week – next week we’ll look at some less cutesy games and some more countries.

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Jenni is studying philosophy and religion, but likes to pretend her two true loves (gaming and science fiction) are totally relevant to that. When she isn't playing games, you can find her making exciting things in museums or hidden in a pile of books. You can find her on twitter @geekessays.

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