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Borders is a political art game created not only to exhibit video games as an art form but to portray the dangers Mexican immigrants face in order to give the next generation a better future. Players attempt to cross the border while avoiding La Migra (border patrol) and staying hydrated. The place where every player dies is permanently recorded into the video game's world, represented by a skeleton. This universal symbol communicates where players should be careful as well as simulates the large death toll claimed by Mexico's deserts.

Made in a 7 day long gamejam with two first time game developers, Gonzalo and Jon,and 1 veteran, Genaro.

Gonzalo Alvarez - Artist, Creative Director, Art Direction, Animator, Game Designer www.Gonzzink.com

Jon DiGiacomo - Engineer, Level Designer

Genaro Vallejo Reyes - Game,Level, and Sound Designer

Special Thanks to Eric Skiff and Desto for providing royalty free music used for this game!



Last updated: 1/6/2017

Change Log:
- Added high score table
- Added death toll counter to main menu
- Maintain death count while playing
- Introduce more types of clutter


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Borders 1.2 21 MB


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Glad to see how polished this game is for a game jam game! Also good thinking with the tone, music, and setting. Curious if the whole map was manually constructed?

thank you so much! It was our first game ever so im glad to hear it all came together. The two levels were manually constructed by the Genaro and Jon while I just did the art assets.


I'm not at all good at this :(

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Hey that was the most entertaining run through of our game I have seen! haha (Just incase it was sarcasm you are actually a mexican american immigrant trying to cross to America xD) Thanks for playing the game and Im glad you liked my art!

Thanks for checking out our game! Clearly we need to reduce the difficulty and make the level layout a little more intuitive!

Nice work !

Thank you so much!