Now Play This

Now Play This | Games Festival

It’s a good thing nobody has a monopoly on games set across London.

Because it means that we can look forward to events like April’s London Games Festival – and specifically, the events going on at Somerset House for their own micro-festival, Now Play This.

Now an annual occurrence, it’ll see the latest releases from independent games makers come together across the former mansion’s palatial New Wing. The creatives behind it aren’t just game designers, though – you can expect thought-provoking installations from poets, writers and contemporary artists, too, many of whom will be running exclusive workshops over the opening weekend. And this year, it’s curated by guest director Marie Foulston (the lead curator on the V&A’s Videogames exhibition) – so you can expect particularly subversive installations inspired by her theme of Breaking Point.

Head down there in early April, and you’ll find the likes of:

  • An audio-visual journey through the out-of-bounds landscapes of Red Dead Redemption;
  • A giant chessboard with 87 pawns and a king on each side;
  • An experimental new video game about bending the truth;
  • A puzzle game inspired by childhood memories of playing The Legend of Zelda;
  • An 8-bit love compatibility game created for a retro Nintendo console…
  • …and a lot more to be announced.

Any gaming fans who miss it will be inconsolable.


NOTE: Now Play This runs at Somerset House from 3rd-5th April. Tickets cost £5 – you can book, and find out more, HERE.

Main image credit: Robert Bye/Unsplash

Now Play This | Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

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Now Play This

New Wing, Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LA

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