June is Pride Month and here on teeny tiny games this is celebrated the best way we know how: with short LGBTQI+ themed games!
Here are 4 titles that we highly recommend:
You were probably expecting to see Gone Home on this list, weren’t you? Gone Home is after all one of the first games to have an explicit queer narrative at its core. It was launched in 2013 when portrayals of gay characters and their stories were far from the mainstream and even more far away from a detailed exploration done from an insightful point of view.
In this game, you play as Katie Greenbriar, a college student coming home to see your family. However, you soon discover that everybody is gone. Where are your parents? Where is your little sister? The answers to this and many other questions will come through the exploration of your own home.
My advice is for you to first experience this game with the least amount of information about it beforehand. Don’t be afraid and step inside the Greenbriar’s family home. What will you uncover?
Gone Home is a game by Fullbright and is available on:
The Lion’s Song
If you are a fan of point & click stories where the player’s choices affect how the game progresses, you have to play The Lion’s Song.
This game is divided into 4 episodes and 3 protagonists, each one a blossoming creative mind. The stories are interconnected in an overarching narrative that plays in the early 20th century Austria, all the while being portrayed in glorious sepia-toned pixel art.
All of the characters share a struggle of their own, shining a light on the most vulnerable parts of themselves. In one of these chapters, we play as someone who will slowly peel away their understanding about their own identity. Themes such as being trans, non-binary, or even the practice of cross-dressing are brought to the forefront of this particular story.
The Lion’s Song is a creation of Mi’pu’mi Games and is available on:
And also on mobile:
Oh Dream Daddy, this list wouldn’t be complete without you.
This so-called Dad Dating Simulator is a very well-known game that barely needs no presentation. Launched in 2017, Dream Daddy is a hilarious dating sim that is sure to make you chuckle along with your romantic escapades.
You start as a single father moving to this new neighborhood with your sassy yet lovable teenage daughter. Weirdly enough, almost all of your new neighbors are single dads like you. And because this is a dating sim, all of these dads are competing for your affection. Each one with their own characteristics and unique spin on this concept of “dad, single and willing to mingle.”
Besides fantastic comedic writing, Dream Daddy is also filled with fun minigames that are integral to the blossoming of your romantic relationships.
If you are looking for a seriously fun game where male homosexuality is openly celebrated, Dream Daddy is the game for you.
Dream Daddy was created by Game Grumps and is available on:
In Tacoma, the LGBTQI+ theme is not front and center. But that is not to say that it isn’t celebrated in its own way. I thought it would be important to include a game where non-straight characters and their narratives are not the main focus of the game but, instead, are just a part of a bigger narrative. Their sexuality is not singled out and treated any differently from heterosexual characters.
Tacoma describes itself as a “sci-fi narrative adventure” where exploration is key to unraveling a space station’s mysteries. This exploration becomes much more than an investigation of the critical event that brought you into this place in time. By going through every detail, the player discovers the lives and relationships of crew members, exploring these individuals in their many shades of self.
Tacoma is another great game created by Fullbright and is available on: