April 25, 2022 – Designer Phil Walker-Harding launches Joey Games. The creator of hits such as Sushi Go!, Bärenpark and Gizmos, to name a few, has announced that he and his wife Meredith will be starting the new studio with the mission to make board games about Australia for kids and adults to play together.

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“We believe play is an essential part of living a healthy, balanced and restful life. Our games are designed to create meaningful connections between kids and adults as they play together. We design our games to celebrate the peoples, plants and animals of Australia and foster an understanding and care for them.”

They will be launching with three titles:

Busy Beaks 3d Game Box


A card game about Australian birdlife

Ages 10+, 2-4 players, 30 minutes
Game design by Phil Walker-Harding
Illustrations by Sarah Allen

Get to know Australia’s most fascinating birds in this colorful card game. Each player collects bird cards and gathers them into flocks to score points. Whoever makes the most valuable flocks wins! Each bird also has a special ability – like the Powerful Owl who lets you search the deck for the card you really need, or the mimicking Magpie who lets you copy another card. Choose which birds you want to use each game to make every play feel different.

Scribbly Gum 3d Game Box


A drawing game about Australia’s scribbly gum trees

Ages 6+, 1+ players, 20 minutes
Game design by Phil Walker-Harding
Illustrations by Meredith Walker-Harding

Did you know Australia’s Scribbly Gum trees get their beautiful scribbles from baby moths burrowing through the bark? In this game, each player has their own tree diagram and every turn gets to draw a line that leads to food for your baby moth to eat. Collect sets of food to score points. Whoever scribbles their way to the most valuable food wins the game! Scribbly Gum can be played with any number of players at once and includes directions for classroom play.

Pass The Party Food 3d Game Box


A co-operative game about classic Australian party food

Ages 8+, 2-4 players, 30 minutes
Game design by Phil Walker-Harding
Illustrations by Meredith Walker-Harding

Throwback to 1989 and dig in to your all-time favorite party food! There’s fairy bread, lamingtons, green snakes and more. Working together, the players need to collect their favorite treats and share them with their friends at the right time. But watch out, Ziggy the mischievous puppy is trying to grab food off the table! If you can outscore him as a team you will all win the game together.

For more check out https://joeygames.com.au/

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