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Short biography

Adriaan is a game designer best known for the indie game hit Hidden Folks, a hand-drawn interactive searching game, and for experimental games like Bounden and Fingle, which move people out of the normal space of videogames by challenging players to dance, hold hands, and share physical interactions. He also has an awkward signature dance which he’ll perform with every opportunity presented.

Long biography

Adriaan is a game designer best known for the indie game hit Hidden Folks, a hand-drawn interactive searching game, and for experimental games like Bounden and Fingle, which move people out of the normal space of videogames by challenging players to dance, hold hands, and share physical interactions. He also has an awkward signature dance which he’ll perform with every opportunity presented.

At the age of eighteen, Adriaan taught himself to code to turn his ideas into prototypes. One of those prototypes stood out and led him and a colleague to found Game Oven. For almost four years, Adriaan designed all the experimental games the studio released, during which they even collaborated with companies like the Dutch National Ballet. Game Oven has now closed doors, but Adriaan continues to find the right collaborators for his projects. In February 2017, Adriaan released the hand-drawn interactive searching game Hidden Folks together with illustrator Sylvain Tegroeg, which was received overwhelmingly positive by players and critics. He is currently prototyping new games.

Beside making and selling games, Adriaan actively tries to help the Dutch and international game industry. Among his sideprojects are: docontract.com, a free plain-English agreement builder for game developers; playdev.club, a Dutch meetup for playtesting each others games in progress; and dutchgameindustry.directory, a directory that aims to list all companies in the Netherlands to give conversations about 'the Dutch game industry' a concrete interpretation. Adriaan has also been part of various juries and committees such as the Creative Industries NL's Digital Culture fund advisory committee and the Independent Games Festival's Nuovo jury.

Email: hello@adriaandejongh.com
Twitter: @AdriaandeJongh
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