Now Play This 2022

08 - 10 Apr 2022
£9/£6.50 conc
£25 family ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children)

Opening Times

Fri 12.00 - 20.00 (last entry 19.00)

Sat 11.00 - 19.00 (last entry 18.00)

Sun 11.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)

New Wing

London’s leading festival of experimental games returns to Somerset House showcasing the very latest in independent and experimental game design from across the globe.

Now in its eighth year, the festival hosts a weekend of engaging interaction and play for all ages to enjoy.

This year’s festival explores the relationship between democracy and game design, inviting audiences to creatively explore what democracy can learn from game design, and in turn how game design can become more democratic. Power, decision-making and representation serve as inspiration for thought-provoking solo and multiplayer gaming experiences by pioneering creative voices from around the world.

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The Redistricting Game by Chris Swain & Peggy Weil
The Redistricting Game by Chris Swain & Peggy Weil


From how elections are influenced through the shape of voting districts (The Redistricting Game by Chris Swain & Peggy Weil), understanding parliamentary procedure via fantastical realms (Rules & Roberts by Molleindustria), the process of violent revolution (Statues by Space Backyard) to visions of utopian queer communities (We Dwell in Possibility by Robert Yang & Eleanor Davis), visitors will have the chance to creatively interrogate some of the most pressing issues the world faces by viewing- and playing- the best trailblazing projects inspired by gaming culture. A powerful creative medium, the games featured seek to make even the most complex political questions of our time accessible.

As well as an interactive exhibition open to the public, the 2022 festival will also host a dedicated conference and Design Camp for game and politics enthusiasts from 02 - 08 April. 


Visitors with a Festival Pass receive both unlimited entry to the exhibition across the three days as well as special access to the series of in-depth game making talks, workshops and activities in the Design Camp. Please note that talks will be limited capacity so spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Some games in the festival contain explicit language and content, which may not be suitable for younger players, and that some visitors may find distressing. A written content warning will accompany these games.