Route 59 Games
Based in Melbourne, Australia

Founding date:
January 2016


Press / Business contact:

Twitter: @route59games


Necrobarista is a gorgeous 3D visual novel about a supernatural Melbourne cafe where the dead spend their last night on Earth. Utilizing a unique anime-inspired aesthetic, Necrobarista places a focus on the usage of bespoke animation and cinematography to provide a cinematic experience that draws players into a visually and narratively captivating adventure.


Early history

In 2015, we created "Project Ven", an experimental narrative game in Unity 3D which won the "Best Narrative" award at Freeplay 2015. After developing two more internal prototypes, we received sponsorship from Film Victoria and RMIT's New Enterprise Investment Fund, and began working on our first commercial release.

After that

We announced our first commercial game, Necrobarista, at Visual;Conference on January 14, 2017. In June 2017, we partnered with Coconut Island to publish the game, and in July at Chinajoy 2017 announced that Necrobarista would be releasing for Nintendo Switch as well as PC via Steam. In August 2018, we announced that the game would also be coming to PlayStation 4.


Necrobarista released on Steam and GOG on the 22nd of July, 2020, and is also available via Apple Arcade. It garnered critical acclaim and won Best Art at the 2020 Australian Game Developer Awards.

Necrobarista: Final Pour

An expanded and visually reworked version of Necrobarista, dubbed Final Pour, released for Nintendo Switch on August 11, 2021, with releases on other platforms coming in the following weeks.


Necrobarista - Final Pour Trailer (August 2021) YouTube

Necrobarista - Launch Trailer (July 2020) YouTube

Necrobarista - Gameplay Trailer (May 2019) YouTube

Necrobarista - Opening Cinematic (August 2018) YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Winner, 'Best Art'" - Australian Game Developer Awards, 2020
  • "Game of the Month, July" - USGamer, July 2020
  • "Winner, 'Excellence in Art'" - Freeplay Independent Games Festival, May 2019
  • "Indie Prize Nominee 4gamer TGS 2017" - Tokyo Game Show, September 2017
  • "Indie Prize Nominee Famitsu TGS 2017" - Tokyo Game Show, September 2017
  • "Indie Game Dengeki Online TGS 2017 Nominee" - Tokyo Game Show, September 2017
  • "10 Best Games at PAX West 2017" - Paste Magazine, September 2017
  • "Recipient of RMIT New Enterprise Investment Fund 2016" - Melbourne, November 2016
  • "Recipient of Film Victoria Applied Production Investment Q1 2016" - Melbourne, December 2015
  • "Winner, 'Best Narrative'" - Freeplay Independent Games Festival, April 2015

Press Quotes

  • "Incredibly cinematic [and] exceptionally well-written... an expertly told, very human story."
    - Ewan Roxburgh, Press Start
  • "Incredible."
    - Jay Costello, Rock Paper Shotgun
  • "A stellar debut... Necrobarista's eternally charming characters and environments positively crackle with personality."
    - Chris Button, Player 2
  • "Just a plain wonderful experience."
    - Josh McGrath, Gamer Escape
  • "Haunting, Innovative, and Begging for Interpretation"
    - Violet Adele Bloch, Unwinnable
  • "Every song is amazing."
    - A Kay Purcell, GamingTrend
  • "...atmospheric and wonderfully designed..."
    - Melissa Brinks, Forbes
  • "This is the most Melbourne game imaginable."
    - Luke Plunkett, Kotaku


Kevin (Hsun-Yu) Chen

Ngoc Vu
Lead Artist

Joe (Chiao) Liu
3D Artist

Joe Toole

Simon Tran
Producer / Layout Artist

Brent Arnold
Director of Photography

Damon Reece
Lead Writer

Justin Kuiper

Saf Davidson

Ryan Boulton

Cherie Davidson

Kevin Penkin

Jeremy Lim
Music Producer

Fabian Malabello
Audio Producer

Mat Dwyer
Sound Designer

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