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NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2017


Please join TeenLIVE, NYPLarcade, and MyLibraryNYC at the 10th Annual International Games Day! This event celebrates play, literacy, and games at the Library.

The event will include game selections for all ages, from videogames to tabletop games.

Festivities take place on Saturday, November 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (enter at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue). Admission is FREE and open to the public. 

Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo, 2017)

All Day
(11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo 2017 All Ages

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ABZÛ Giant Squid 2016 All Ages
Educators (Grades 6-8)
1 - 3 p.m. Cuphead StudioMDHR Entertainment 2017

Educators (Grades 8-10)

3 - 5 p.m. Pyre Supergiant Games 2017 Adults
Educators (Grades 10-12)
All Day
(11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Tabletop Games Various Various All Ages

ABZÛ (Giant Squid, 2016)

ABZÛ (Gaint Squid, 2016) is a meditative adventure game from the art director of thatgamecompany’s JOURNEY (2012) and FLOW (2006), Matt Nava. Players can swim, dive, and ride on the back of a whale. The game also offers underwater puzzles to solve as well as the ability to navigate between hundreds of species of fish, while meditating at specific locations throughout the world. ABZÛ is a subtle, mesmerizing voyage beneath the sea.

CUPHEAD (StudioMDHR Entertainment, 2017) is a frantic, action platformer featuring gigantic boss battles. The game’s aesthetics draw heavily from cartoons of the 1930s, complete with hand drawn cel animations, water color backgrounds, and an original jazz soundtrack. Think of it as a brilliant combination of IKARUGA and an Ub Iwerks cartoon.

PYRE (Supergiant Games, 2017) is the latest release by the deveoper of BASTION (2011) and TRANSMITTER (2014). Its gameplay alternates between a visual novel set in a fantastic, dystopian world and a party-based action RPG closer to NBA JAM (1993). The end result is a captivating epic dealing with fate, friendship, and teamwork.

SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY (Nintendo, 2017) is a reinvention of the 3D platformer and a spiritual successor to SUPER MARIO 64 (1996). With the help of Mario’s hat Cappy, players can assume the form of dozens of enemies and objects, leading to inventive, emergent gameplay. With his brand new airship The Odyssey and more than 900 Power Moons to discover, Mario’s journey will take him from the frozen deserts of the Sand Kingdom to the surreal, urban
landscapes of New Donk City.

Pyre (Supergiant Games, 2017)

International Games Day 2017 will also include a variety of tabletop games. Following the event, all of the games listed below will be available as teacher sets, which can be checked by educators at any one of the 500 participating schools in the MyLibraryNYC program.

The Blood of an Englishman 2 20-30 min Ages 10+
Century: Spice Road 2-5 30-45 min Ages 8+
Dixit 3-6 30 min Ages 8+
Forbidden Island 2-4 30 min Ages 10+
Kingdomino 2-4 15-20 min Ages 8+
King of New York 2-6 40 min Ages 10+
Mole Rats in Space 2-4 20 min Ages 7+
Outfoxed 2-4 15 min Ages 5+
Sagrada 1-4 20-40 min Ages 14+
Santorini 2-4 20 min Ages 8+
Scythe 1-5 90-120 min Ages 14+
Settlers of Catan 3-4 60-120 min Ages 10+
Sushi Go! 2-5 15 min Ages 8+
Ticket To Ride 2-5 30-60 min Ages 8+
Tiny Polka Dot 1-6 5-20 min Ages 3+

Tabletop games were funded through New York Public Library's Innovation Project, which is made possible by a generous grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Please feel free to contact Thomas Knowlton at if you any questions. You can also follow us on Twitter (@nyplarcade) or sign up for our mailing list to hear about upcoming NYPLarcade events.

NYPLarcade is an opportunity to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Think of it as a book club, but for video games.

TeenLIVE programs are sponsored by the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences.


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Wow, this looks like fun! I’m

Wow, this looks like fun! I’m going to bring my little guy.

re: Wow, this looks like fun!

Great! We'll see you there.

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