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Hedge Hug is a 2D narrative-driven single-player adventure game that explores low self-esteem and social anxiety issues.

Through interactive mini-games and emotional gameplay moments, the game tells the story of a caring and sensitive hedgehog, Emma, who is a ceramic artist struggling to love and trust herself. While experiencing Emma's daily struggles, players will help Emma to raise her self-esteem, confidence, and resilience, step by step.

Game Play

Hedge Hug follows an approx 40min long story arc, including a range of interactive mini-games, emotional gameplay sequences, in addition to dialogues.

There is no winning or losing in Hedge Hug, it is all about a journey of self-discovery and reflection.


  • Point & Click
  • Drag & Drop
  • Mouse Press
  • Press the "R" key to reset and reload the game from the start

For optimal in-game experiences, we recommend playing with a Windows PC machine, using a mouse. 

Stay tuned for future Mac and Mobile builds!



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  • Mengqing “Claire” Hu (Portfolio)
    • Creative Director, Engineer, UI/UX Designer
  • Timothy Pryor
    • Producer
  • Marielle Brady
    • Gameplay Designer, User Researcher, Narrative Designer
  • Aili “Alice” Qiao (Portfolio)
    • Gameplay Designer, User Researcher
  • Elsa Liu (Portfolio)
    • Gameplay Designer
  • Shenqi "Barry" Ye (Portfolio)
    • Lead Engineer
  • Yi Dai (GitHub)
    • Engineer
  • Sze Tien "Stella" Chen (Portfolio)
    • Art Lead
  • Sakura “Rachel” Perry (LinkedIn)
    • Character Artist
  • Celine Tang
    • UI/UX Designer and Artist, Background Artist
  • Claire Barnhart (Portfolio)
    • Background Artist
  • Katy Kellenberg (LinkedIn)
    • Writer
  • Alexandria “Alex” Morales
    • Narrative Designer
  • Brett Bailey (Portfolio)
    • Composer, Sound Designer
  • Gage Tilly (Portfolio)
    • Sound Designer

Other early progress contributors:

  • Hanxiu “Hannah” Zhang - Composer
  • Naomi Shroff-Mehta - Producer
  • Jiaxuan “Olivia” Yin - Art Direction Researcher


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

HedgeHug_PC.zip 162 MB


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What an adorable game <3 
Everyone should download and play!

Very cute and soothing game. saw it while watching the USC livestream and wanted to give it a shoot. I wasn't disappointed and I thought it was relaxing. Keep up the good work!

this is the cutest game ever 😍