Max, an Autistic Journey is a retro style top-down turn-based RPG filled with mini games, monsters and most of all, heart. Developed by a devoted dad who made a game with his son about his son's autism.
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Release Date: Aug 19, 2016

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May 2

MAX'S BIRTHDAY DLC, GameGrin Review

This was such a great write up on Max. an Autistic Journey's DLC that I wanted to share bits of it with everyone here. Link to the full review is at the bottom. Note, it does describe the DLC in detail so if you haven't played it yet, wait to read the full review after you've completed the Max's Birthday DLC to avoid any spoilers.

// REVIEWS // 2ND MAY 2017 // BY ANNA DUNCAN

"I reviewed Max, an Autistic Journey shortly after it released, and liked it so much that I put it forward for Game of the Year. It didn’t win, but I still think it should have. Also since release, developer Stéphane Cantin and his son Max (the hero of the game) have been working on some DLC - which I’m reviewing right here!

In Max’s Birthday, you spend a day with Max as he excitedly wakes up eager to celebrate his birthday! When loading up the game you get a choice​ whether to play the original game or the DLC, so you can play either one without spoilers."
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"I enjoyed playing the DLC, with new locations and enemies it was more than just fun a new story. It was something I looked forward to once I heard about it, and discovering how Max reacted knowing it was his birthday was just how my eldest boy reacts, it ran well and I definitely think people will enjoy this DLC also."

FULL REVIEW:
https://www.gamegrin.com/reviews/max-an-autistic-journey-maxs-birthday-dlc-review/

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April 2

MAX'S BIRTHDAY DLC, An Update



We fought the clock and the clock won. The Max, Autistic Journey - Max's Birthday DLC was planned to be launched in time to celebrate Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd. However, the "publish" button litterally vanished before our eyes when we went to launch it on Friday.

You can get the stand-alone DLC on Itchio right now until the magical publish button reappears on Monday.

Since Max, an Autistic Journey came out the developer has donated a portion of proceeds from game sales to the Miriam Foundation, a charitable organization that helps people with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities lead fulfilling lives. For Autism Awareness Day, Professional Imagination will donate all sales from April 2nd of Max’s Birthday to the Miriam Foundation. To learn more about the amazing work they do please check out their website at: miriamfoundation.ca.

Now, since the Steam version won't be available til Monday, anyone who buys the DLC on Itch.io today will get a Steam key if they'd like. Also, Steam sales from Monday will be donated to the Miriam Foundation, since, obviously it is not available today.

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“First off, a big thank you to everyone who has played Max, an Autistic Journey and sent through their thanks and personal stories. Since the game came out I have come up with a few ideas for DLC I wanted to make with my son. When I sat down with him to begin work I asked him what he would like to see and he just lit up and rambled off his ideas. It was so inspiring that all my original ideas were out the window and now we have the Max’s Birthday DLC!”

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day on the 2nd of April every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with autism throughout the world. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution "62/139.

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About This Game


Max, an Autistic Journey is a retro style top-down turn-based RPG filled with mini games, monsters and most of all, heart. Developed by Stéphane Cantin, who is just a devoted dad who made a game with his son about his son’s autism.

During the game player’s step into the shoes of Max, a ten year old boy who must find ways to deal with everyday life while being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many players will discover a world familiar but alien to them. Some may relate to Max's story all too well. Regardless where you fall in the spectrum of life, Max, an Autistic Journey delivers an entertaining, imaginative and informative trip worth taking.

This retro-inspired RPG gives players not only a unique gaming experience, but an insight into a world many people have never seen. While the visualization of the beasts may be fantasy, the emotions and frustrations they represent are very real for a lot of people.


There are few greater inspirations in life than one's love of their child. Max, an Autistic Journey is Stéphane’s inspired interactive love letter about his son Max who was born with autism that he worked hand in hand with throughout the development of the title. While there is a wide spectrum of autism, this game focuses on Max, where he falls in that spectrum and how he experiences and deals with daily life.


  • Classic turn-based battle system featuring clever weapons and special abilities to confront monstrous manifestations of emotions and anxieties
  • Gain experience points through imaginary toy battles and by confronting your fears and anxieties to level up
  • Core retro RPG mechanics infused with multiple Mini Games such as picture puzzles, race cars and making music
  • Endearing tale of trials and tribulations from a unique perspective that inspires, educates and entertains as the story unfolds
  • Mouse & Keyboard and Full Controller Support
  • Steam Achievements, Cloud Saves & Steam Trading Cards

The developer will be donating a portion of proceeds from game sales to the Miriam Foundation, a charitable organization that helps people with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities lead fulfilling lives.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or Higher
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or Better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9/OpenGL 4.1 capable GPU
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1280x768 or better Display
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or Higher
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL ES 2.0 hardware driver support required for WebGL acceleration. (AMD Catalyst 10.9, nVidia 358.50)
    • Storage: 400 MB available space

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