Two Scoops is an inclusive dating sim with a female protagonist. The game is all about “a big girl in a small town who finds romance at her local ice cream shop,” with players able to romance a diverse bunch of cuties.
Two Scoops is being made by Thumbcramps in collaboration with Pillow Fight, the team behind inclusive detective game Ghosts of Miami.
Two Scoops is Diversity Done Right
In Two Scoops, players can customize their female character, choosing from several different ethnicities. It makes the game, which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, a real rarity. Games have long struggled with making characters with bigger bodies, creating women with thinner bodies in order to be seen as more desirable (to men.) Overwatch is one oft-cited example but even that game hasn’t been perfect.
In an email, artist Thumbcramps (Paige Hall) tells me that “It’s important to me to make people feel good about how they look and who they are. A little positivity goes a long way, and for a lot of people it’s hard to practice self-love without getting a little outside push first.”
Hall points out that the world of art and media is “sorely lacking proper representation of all the different kinds of people in the world” but it’s “pretty encouraging” that the indie scene has “really started to embrace this sort of thinking and ideal.” Hall says that Two Scoops “has a lovely little handful of talented people” behind it, including people of colour and LGBTQ folks and the artist is “happy to give them a platform for all of us to work together and make some great stuff.”
The dedication to being inclusive also shows in the game’s delightfully diverse cast of romance options. The Two Scoops lead is in charge of four employees at the ice cream shop, including Maya and Malik (who are both black), Noah, and Jamie who is non-binary. Alexa, a woman of colour who is one of the store’s customers, will be romanceable as a stretch goal.
The cast of characters has been met with thunderous applause, with social media being hit with outpouring of love for each character. They all have different favourite ice cream flavours that represent their personalities: Maya is “classically sweet” strawberry, Malik is “walking comfort food” peanut butter and chocolate and Noah’s favourite is the “too obvious” choice of salted caramel, Hall explains.
Jamie’s favourite is mint because the Two Scoops‘ player character says she has a distaste for it in the game’s demo. Jamie ‘fits in’ well with the rest of the cast says Hall, but they are most definitely a “love them or hate them” character. Thumbcramps and Pillow Fight are aiming to release the game by December this year, so fans will have the chance to win the affections of Jamie (and the other Two Scoops employees) fairly soon.