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Magnolia Mae Goetze passed away at age 4 from brain cancer. In Magnolia, a poetic 3D tribute, you play as a young girl guided by a disembodied voice. Before she reaches her final destination, her journey will lead her through all the things she loved in her short, but cherished life.

The five levels in Magnolia were based on the five stages of grief. To convey denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, the game’s designers changed the colors, seasons, and weather in the game’s fantasy forest landscape, matching the progression of Magnolia’s battle with her cancer in the real world.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2016 Intel Developer Zone at GDC

    Nominee, University Games Showcase

  • 2016 DigiPen Game Awards

    Community Service Award

Game Screenshots

  • Magnolia stands in a snowy field, mountains and a tree in the distance.
  • Magnolia looks out at an orange expanse as the sunsets on a rocky bridge.
  • Magnolia stands atop a sparkling pathway at dusk, a silhouetted forest in front of her.
  • Magnolia looks out at large archways made out of snow.

Created by Team Name

  • Amro Amro

    MS in Computer Science

    Role: Game Designer

  • Deepak Chennakkadan

    BS in Computer Science in Digital Audio

    Role: Creative Director

  • Ryasa Harris

    BS in Computer Science in Digital Audio

    Role: Foley Artist

  • Justin Jacox

    BA in Music and Sound Design

    Role: Composer

  • Yoon Kim

    BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation

    Role: Gameplay Scripter

  • Manas Kulkarni

    BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation

    Role: Graphics & Tools Programmer

  • Marc Moukarzel

    BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation

    Role: Producer

  • Hsi-Hung Shih

    BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation

    Role: Technical Director

  • Aditya Subramanian

    MS in Computer Science

    Role: Level Designer

  • Aji Suprana

    BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation

    Role: Environment & Texture Artist


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