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Zachary Abbott Game Design
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2018

About Me

"Game's are what movies were to books...the next step forward." This is my personal mantra, it is and the reason that I pursue this career. My name is Zach Abbott, and I'm a game designer from the south suburbs of Chicago. Some of my major accomplishments within the field include having one of my papers accepted to the 2016 Meaningful Play Conference, winning third place in the iThrive Empathy Challenge for my game Dark is the Night, and finally having co-created Dark is the Night with Arwen Boyer and Joshua Estill. Dark is the Night is currently being published by APE Games and is expected to be ready for purchase August 2017. In the future, I hope to be a level/content designer for Blizzard Entertainment and/or other fantasy/sci-fi based AAA studios.

Featured Projects


Dark is the Night

Dark is the Night

I was one of the co-Designers of Dark is the Night. The game is technically still under works, but being published by APE Games.

Goldilocks

Goldilocks

I co-designed Goldilocks with Arwen Boyer and was the only programmer throughout development. The game is meant to peak interest in space and show how rare it is to have a habitable planet.

Good Dog

Good Dog

I co-created this project with Arwen Boyer and was the only programmer. Good Dog is about a woman who suffers from serious depression finding solace with only her dog Beatrice. After committing suicide our heroine must relive the events of her life to find the will to live once more.

Vs Pinball is a competitive, 1-on-1 virtual pinball game on the touch table. The game features three themed boards: Arabian Nights, Celtic Tales, and Cloud Town. Each board features unique obstacles and power ups - special abilities that activate for whichever player grabs the disc first. Players on either side use virtual buttons to trigger the flippers to hurl the ball at each other. Win the game by scoring the most points before the 90-second timer runs out. All participants will receive a prize at the end of the game.