Factsheet
Developer
TO Play
Toronto, Canada
Founding date
January 9, 2020
PLATFORMS
Web
BUSINESS CONTACT
toplaydev@gmail.com
Description
TO Play is an art adventure game from a team of student developers, about Toronto on the brink of a water crisis. Journey through and beneath the city into its combined sewer system, discover the history of the Lost Rivers, and gain the agency to daylight them once again.
Purpose
TO Play uses interactive storytelling as a platform for advocacy - tackling themes of water privatization, urbanization, environmental racism, and Indigenous water and land values. The game showcases a future where the environment has won and empowers players to think differently.
History
TO Play was formed in January 2020 by Ria Kapoor and Ryan Spooner as part of a thesis project, driven by their curiosity of the gamification of social issues. With a team of talented individuals, they got to work creating an artistic narrative experience for audiences to learn through play. The team aims to continue creating interactive media for social progress in the future. TO Play is currently in production and working with Ryerson's Transmedia Zone. It is set to launch in 2022.
Videos
TO Play | Pitch Trailer
Images
Logo & Icon
Awards & Recognition
• Making the Future Fund | Ryerson Leadership Lab, 2021
• ORT Micki Moore Project Award | Ryerson University, 2020
• Top 10 Global Finalist | Red Bull Basement 2020
Selected Articles
• "Canadian video game explores our complicated relationship with water"
- Menaka Raman-Wilms, CBC News

• "Meet the Canadian students using gaming as a platform for advocacy"
- Rachel Coleman, Red Bull

• "Students design video game based on city water crisis"
- Charlize Alcaraz, The Eyeopener​​​​​​​
Team
CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Ria Kapoor

LEAD GAME DESIGNER 
Ryan Spooner 

MARKETING AND STRATEGY DIRECTOR
Qudsiya Jabeen

LEAD SOUND DESIGNER
Matthew Glynne

GAME DESIGNER
Clare Feng

LEAD VISUAL ARTIST
Pernia Jamshed

ANIMATOR
Mike Alves

VISUAL ARTIST
Caitlin Reyes

ASSISTANT WRITER
Hayley Kingstone
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