Independent pack on Itch offers 1,000 games for Palestinian aid
Indie game developers on Itch are once again offering their games in a massive package for the benefit of humanitarian aid. The Independent Palestinian Aid Pack offers over 1,000 games for $ 5, with all proceeds going to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The pack has so far raised $ 45,000 of its goal of $ 500,000 for the week it becomes available.
The pack has chosen to feature the survival story game Liyla And The Shadows Of War, which is particularly relevant to current and ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in Palestine. Created by Palestinian developer Rasheed Abueideh in 2016, it is about a girl living in Gaza in 2014.
“I am a father of two children, I cannot imagine my life without them, but in Palestine no one is safe. When the war started in Gaza and I saw the images of the children being killed in the hands of their parents, I was shocked, I had a strange feeling, it is a combination of sadness, fear, empathy and anger, all I thought about was “what if this was happening to me. “I chose to share these feelings in a game to convey a message about how we live as Palestinians in this situation.”
Alongside Liyla, there are a ton of other indie hits big and small that you’ll get for your $ 5. There are 1,020 total from 865 creators, which is a lot of games to sort through.
“This is a basic package by a group of independent game developers who want to help the Palestinians,” organizers say. “By existing, it proves that as a collective we are a formidable force for good, more than willing to offer our talents and our creations to help others.”
If you buy the pack and don’t know where to start, there are some longtime favorite games to look out for like Nuclear Throne, VVVVVV, and Minit. Excellent puzzles like A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build and Pikuniku, and Mini Metro are also present.
You can also spot some great story games such as the Italian road trip Wheels Of Aurelia, A Mortician’s Tale or Orwell.
The independent pack for Palestinian aid is running until Friday, June 11. All proceeds go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides food aid, medical care and other services as part of its Gaza emergency initiative.
For other ways to donate to relief efforts, RPS has a list of charities, including UNRWA, Doctors Without Borders, Children of Peace, and others.