Powerhouse Museum Curator Chloe Appleby shares her Best Games of 2023
As part of GamesHub’s Best of 2023 celebrations, we asked a number of developers and friends of the site to share some thoughts about the games that defined their year, impressed them the most, or were simply the ones they spent the most time with.
Chloe Appleby is a games curator, researcher, and a board member of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival. She currently works at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia where she recently curated the successful Powerhouse Late x Gaming events, Queer Man Peering into a Rockpool.jpg in the Absolutely Queer Exhibition, and co-curated the queer games exhibition, Pride at Play. Here, she shares the five games that resonated with her the most in 2023.
If the Hue Fits
Art. Puns. Plants. Zombies. If The Hue Fits by Georgia Athanasopoulos, Emily Kinder, Jesica Nikolovska, Charles Pearse, Donna Tanner and Naomi Little is a free, student-made game that takes all these elements and blends them together to create one of the most unique and fun concepts for a game.
Hitting ‘huemans’ likened to famous artists with a paintbrush to cure them, and then growing seeds to make more paint is so much fun! I never knew I needed to see Vincent Van Gough and Frida Kahlo running at me until now. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since the University of Technology student showcase, as it was such a unique concept.
Seeing not only this game at the showcase, but a predominantly women-led creative force behind it, makes me so excited for the future of Sydney (and wider Australian) games!
Other games in the top 5 list include:
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Hello Kitty Island Adventure
- Pokémon TCG