Them Games
Based in Paris, France

Release date:
21 June, 2012

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30 Pas entre Terre et Ciel (30 Steps between Earth and Sky) is a hopscotch mod, (hopscotch is called "marelle" in French). An art piece in a museum on one side, a street-art, street-long, playable installation of a piece on the other, 30 Pas was made with our very good friend Heather Kelley during the summer 2012.


  • Hop
  • Hop
  • Hop
  • Hop
  • Ciel !


Inside the walls Vimeo

Outside, in the street Vimeo


The inside museum piece, commissioned by the Gaite Lyrique in Paris, is a two-player coopetitive hopscotch mod that has players interacting, complimenting, competiting or cooperating, while holding hands or avoiding one another, hopping along, off balance but in rhythm.

The intent of the game was to question the use of space and its conventions. The addition of an evident ruleset was enough to make a boring corridor into a laughter box. Nothing was there to force you into the game but a few squares on the floor were enough to radically alter the acoustic and dynamic qualities of the space.

Meanwhile, on the street, seven different marelles were made, pulling players to the Gaîté Lyrique as they hopped along the pieces. Slowly but surely, finishing each of them would direct you towards the next until you would eventually reach the museum's front door. The longest one was 99 hops long and 78m (85yd).



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More about Joue le jeu (play along)
If you'd like to see the whole program of the show for which 30 pas was commissionned, hop there! gaite-lyrique.net.

More about Them Games

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30 pas entre terre et ciel Credits

Heather Kelley
Game Design and being awesome

Oscar Barda
Game design, graphics and street art

presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks