UK-based charity War Child has announced that it is running an exciting retro gaming campaign in order to raise money for children affected by conflict. The Re-Play campaign is being backed by the likes of Bethesda, 343 Industries, and Wargaming, and aims to raise money by encouraging gamers to reconnect with the nostalgia of playing as a child with some of their favorite retro games.

There are a bunch of great events planned for the campaign, which kicks off April 12, with the highlight being an interactive livestream hosted by comedian Steve McNeil featuring celebrity guests and well-known gamers playing their favorite childhood games. The livestream will kick off at 1pm BST on April 12 on UNILAD Gaming and include must-watch guests, YouTube sensations TomSka, Ashens, and NitroLuke DX, eSports team FNATIC, with more to be announced.

Players can also contribute by purchasing games as part of the Re-Play Steam flash sale, which will be available from April 12-14. The Steam Sale will include older and newer versions of games including XCOM and Civilization series from 2K, OlliOlli 2 from Roll7, Psychonauts from Double Fine and more. The mobile game Monster Legends (iOS users can download here. Android users can download here) is also getting in on the action, offering up a special ‘War Child Solidarity Pack’ between April 12-19, which will donate 100% of net developer profit to the cause. Kongregate’s retro-inspired Tinker Island (iOS users can download here. Android users can download here) will also be taking part in the initiative and will be donating 100% of revenue for 24 hours on April 15.

You can also pick up exclusive retro-themed t-shirts, designed by industry veterans Bethesda Softworks, 343 Industries, Roll7, Wargaming, ustwo and Social Point. The selection will be available from the GameOn tee online store at £20 per shirt until May 3, 2018, where proceeds will be going to War Child UK.

Speaking on the Re-Play campaign, Wayne Emanuel, Gaming Partnerships Manager at War Child UK says:

“RE-PLAY is a campaign about reflecting on childhood and reinforcing the idea that every child has the right to play. For hundreds of thousands of children forced to live in or flee conflict, playing and its link to developing a child’s identity, creative thinking and problem solving, is often overlooked. We’re really excited to be supported in our initial year with past supporters such as Wargaming, 2K, Team17, Double Fine and Social Point along with new partners including Bethesda Softworks, Roll7, Ustwo, and Kongregate.”

Make sure you check out the flash sale over on Steam, which features a tonne of amazing games at great prices, with a percentage of proceeds going to War Child UK, here are some of our top picks:

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown Complete Pack (80% discount)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Complete (75% discount)
  • OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood (75% discount)
  • Psychonauts (75% discount)
  • Worms W.M.D (66% discount)

War Child UK, and its US counterpart Children in Conflict, aim to provide aid to children who have been affected by conflict. One campaign which they run is the Can’t Wait to learn program, which gives children the opportunity to learn by playing educational games on tablet computers. Providing mobile access to education means that in communities where schools have been damaged or teachers are absent, there are still engaging and fun ways to learn. All games are custom built and designed to reflect the syllabus of the country where they’re used, and it has proven to positively change the way children learn and develop.

War Child UK, together with its US-based partner Children in Conflict support working 15 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America providing protection, education and longer-term livelihood solutions to children affected by conflict.

For more information about RE-PLAY and the gaming studios that are participating, visit https://www.warchild.org.uk/RE-PLAY  or follow @WarChild_Gaming on Twitter or search the hashtag #retroREPLAY

Be sure to check out all of the events happening as part of the Re-Play campaign, and share as much as you can on social media. Let us know in the comments if you pick up a t-shirt or game as part of the Steam flash sale.


Jake Green

Staff Writer

A Nintendo evangelist and X-Files superfan, Jake can be found peddling his gaming opinions online. He has a soft spot for VR and values story-telling in gaming above all else.