before we leave®

strategic city builder Game

Before We Leave is a non-violent city building game set in your own cozy corner of the universe. Rediscover and rebuild civilization. Create a multi-planet resource network. Overcome ancient challenges and fend off hungry space whales.

the team

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Small(ish) Game Studio Based In Dunedin

We’re an award-winning Kiwi game development studio based in Dunedin (Ōtepoti), Aotearoa New Zealand. We are the creative minds behind Before We Leave, a strategic, non-violent city building game that allows players to build immersive interplanetary civilisations at their own pace.

Our aim is twofold - to create accessible, inclusive games that spark a sense of wonder and exploration; and to make good games that enable us to better support our local communities.

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The Nature of our work

As we grow in size and reputation, we endeavour to give back to our community, supporting environmentalism, diversity and providing opportunities to underrepresented groups within the games industry and outside of it, too.

Balancing Monkey Game Team
The Pavs: NZ Game Awards: Excellence in AudioKiwi Game Starter: First PlaceThe Pavs: NZ Game Awards: Excellence in Art; Finalist in Grand PrizeKiwi Game Starter: Finalists

our awards

it all started out as a hobby

We want to thank all of the people who have helped bring Before We Leave to life. Spread far and wide across the globe, our talented team and supportive community have contributed to the success of our studio.

our articles

Space whales you say?

Stay up to date with our latest game updates, studio news and more! Join us on our intergalactic journey jam packed with progress reports and general monkey musings.

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community outreach

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we endeavour to give back to our community

As an Indie game studio, we aim to uplift all those around us, sharing any knowledge, skills and financial opportunities that we as a company are able to provide our community.

We love hearing your gameplay feedback. Through your suggestions, our team shapes the development of new features, decorations and resources for Before We Leave.

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support our local charities

We are conscious of the positive impact we as a community are able to create. Support our local charities by clicking the links below.

party we held to watch the livestream of the Pavs Award ceremony
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