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Donut County

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Jeff Legaspi
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United States
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    About Donut County

    Donut County is a story-based physics puzzle game where you play as an ever-growing hole in the ground. Meet cute characters, steal their trash, and throw them in a hole.

    WHERE TRASH IS TREASURE
    Raccoons have taken over Donut County with remote-controlled trash-stealing holes. You play as BK, a hole-driving raccoon who swallows up his friends and their homes to earn idiotic prizes.

    When BK falls into one of his own holes, he’s confronted by his best friend Mira and the residents of Donut County, who are all stuck 999 feet underground… and they demand answers!

    THE HOLE KEEPS GROWING
    • EXPLORE every character’s home, each with their own unique environment.
    • MOVE the hole to swallow up their stuff, growing bigger each time.
    • COMBINE objects inside for crazy effects: cook soup, breed bunnies, launch fireworks, and more.
    • CATAPULT things back out of the hole. You can use it to solve puzzles...or just destroy stuff.
    • DEVOUR everything. The hole won’t stop until the whole county is all gone.

    Donut County was created by Ben Esposito, designer on What Remains of Edith Finch and The Unfinished Swan. It is the result of six years of solo development, dozens of donuts (for research), and one fateful encounter with a raccoon.

    What makes my game unique?

    Donut County is a silly physics puzzle game where you play as a hole in theground, growing a bit each time you swallow something. The puzzles in Donut County are all connected to the world and what it means to throw people’s stuff in the hole. If you put a campfire in the hole, the hole catches on fire. If you drop an ear of corn inside, popcorn will come shooting out. On top of that, the residents of Donut County are all mad at you for putting them 999ft underground...

    Why could my game win an award?

    Donut County is a labor of love created mostly by one developer over 5 years. Lots of thought and care was put in to make sure each moment of the game is funny, poignant, and surprising, never outstaying its welcome. In spite of numerous clones, Donut County stands apart as an example that the best games are made with heart.