Aussie bushland adventure game Paperbark looks gorgeous in its first trailer

Matt Sayer 25 October 2017 NEWS


A wombat is just the hero Australian video games need.

You can tell PAX Australia is right around the corner, as plenty of Aussie game developers are bringing out the big guns with announcements for their new games. First it was Ashes Cricket, and now we have an absolutely stunning trailer for the upcoming adventure game Paperbark.

Beginning as a student project from RMIT University students Ryan Boulton, Nina Bennett and Terry Burdak, Paperbark takes heavy inspiration from the trio's background growing up in regional Victoria. The game stars a sleepy, adorable wombat as it ventures out into the Aussie bush in search of food, friends and any other interesting adventures it might find along the way.

The striking art style brings to mind many of the picture books I read as a kid, and the team at developer Paper House directly call out renowned Aussie stories like Possum Magic and Snuggle Pot and Cuddlepie for their influence on the game. In fact, the story for Paperbark is penned by Renee Treml, an experienced children's author behind books like Ten Little Owls and The Great Garden Mystery.

Paperbark's origins are just as impressive as its visuals. The three developers initially showed the game off at Melbourne's Freeplay Festival before being picked up as part of the Game Connect Asia Pacific Student Showcase in 2015. From there, the team scored funding from Film Victoria and were able to establish their own studio Paper House to build the project out into a fully-fleshed adventure game.

If you find Paperbark's unique take on the Aussie bush as captivating as we do, you won't have to wait too long to get your hands on it. The game is scheduled for an early 2018 release on iPad and iPhone. It'll also be on the show floor at PAX Australia later this week, so be sure to head down to the Melbourne Convention Centre if you're eager to see it in person.

Everything you need to know about PAX Australia 2017

All the news and announcements from Australia's biggest video game convention in one place.
Read more

Find the best price on the latest games

Every week, finder compares prices on the latest games from Australia's leading retailers. Clicking the link in the comparison table will take you directly to the item's product page on the retailer's website. Finder receives a small percentage when you purchase a game via finder's price comparison.

Bookmark our guide if you're looking to buy games for the cheapest price in Australia.

You can also sign up to Game Finder's RSS feed for alerts on the latest game price comparisons.



Latest gaming headlines

Latest gaming deals on finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site