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  Curious Expedition 2 Wins ‘Best Indie Game’ During gamescom awards 2020
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Gothenburg, Sweden – August 27, 2020 – Thunderful Publishing and Maschinen-Mensch are thrilled by the announcement that Curious Expedition 2 was named winner in the “Best Indie Game” category for the gamescom awards 2020 during this evening’s gamescom: Opening Night Live streaming event. Curious Expedition 2’s nomination was made by a jury formed of German and international games journalists, well-known YouTubers and other experts, which made its selection from more than 140 submissions.

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“We're humbled and honoured to receive this award with so many ridiculously talented indie developers participating in gamescom this year. Thank you!” — Johannes Kristmann, Co-founder and Art Director at Maschinen-Mensch.


Curious Expedition 2, which is available now on Steam Early Access, recreates the award-winning formula of its predecessor and evolves it into exciting new procedurally generated worlds full of danger and opportunity. Learn to master turn-based battles against fierce wild animals and legendary creatures while exploring ancient shrines and looting ghostly pirate ships. The time has come to join one of the legendary Explorer Clubs and venture to regions never before explored for fame, science and treasure!



  • Join the legendary Explorer Clubs and journey into procedurally generated worlds full of danger and opportunity. 
  • Master exciting turn-based battles that require cleverness to withstand fierce wild animals and legendary creatures.
  • Plunder ancient shrines, haggle with strange mole people, loot ghostly pirate ships, and more! Will you seek out the legendary Golden Pyramid or choose to recover the Rainbow Orchid instead?
  • Take the adventure online and compete in challenges by pledging yourself to an Explorer Club to compete for unique rewards.
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Paulina Lorné, Marketing Manager, Thunderful Publishing

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Andreas Göransson, Community Manager, Thunderful Publishing

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When talking about Curious Expedition 2 on Social Media, please tag: #CuriousExpedition2 @Maschimensch @Thunderfulgames

About Maschinen-Mensch  

Maschinen-Mensch is a Berlin-based studio founded in April 2014 by Riad Djemili and Johannes Kristmann, combining 15 years of experience in professional AAA game productions. Among other projects, they worked on the multi-award winning game "Spec Ops: The Line" by YAGER Development. Maschinen-Mensch's debut title Curious Expedition was first released in May 2015 on Steam Early Access. The team, which has grown to 8 people, is currently working on Curious Expedition 2, scheduled for release in 2020.

About Thunderful Publishing

Thunderful Publishing was founded in December 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden as a sister company to game studios Image & Form and Zoink. This new collaboration means that the companies can now act more forcefully and bring something very attractive to the market.