Tanja Wiemer

My name is Tanja and I studied Media Science at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. I am co-founder and full time employee of NightinGames. There, I am working as Game- and Level Designer. Before, I studied Biology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. I am also a freelance 2D artist and game designer. If you are interested in my work feel free to contact me!



I maintain the Game Design Documents and I am responsible for most of the storytelling in our games. I enjoy writing dialogues, notes and the overall narrative. I like creating small stories in Twinery or use Inkle as Plugin for Unity and Unreal. 

Game Design

Game Jam’s teached me to work with different people to create enjoyable prototype ideas. I coordinate the team and I can make unpleasant and difficult decisions. For me, being a good game designer also means listening to criticism.


I work with Unity and C# since 2018. I started working with Unreal and Blueprinting in 2022. Currently, I use both engines – The Cow Game is developed in Unity and The Eleventh Legion is created in Unreal Engine 5.2+.

Level Design

I am improving my Level Design skills by creating different scenes in Unity. There, I embed puzzle ideas, art and code. I always try to achieve something new and I think it is very instructive to watch Let’s Plays to analyse the strategies of games.

2D Art

I use a simple Wacom Intuos Tablet. However, I prefer doing my sketches with pen and paper. My strengths are a clean lineart and comic or manga looking characters. 

Agile Project Management

I work with SCRUM and host my projects on GitLab. We use a structured and iterative ticket system as well as Notion to secure game information condensed in one place. Currently, I use gitKraken Pro. I tried out Sourcetree and Fork, too.

The Cow Game is an upcoming 3D mystery adventure. It will be published when it’s done on Steam and probably other platforms. The game concept was made during the 48h Franken Game Jam 2020. You play a mother cow, who is following her stolen calf deep into the woods. You can call for your little one and it will answer you. This will help you to stay on track. Can you find your child and bring it back to safety?

The Cow Game will be NightinGames first commercial title on Steam. We started the project while studying Media Science in Bayreuth. Therefore, it took us awhile to get the game to its current point.

I used Unity 3D (2019) to design the world. I worked, for example, with the Terrain Tool to place our self-made assets to create different environments. I am responsible for the Game Design and the organisation. We also used gitKraken, gitLab and Notion to manage the team and project. Early on, I created some placeholder sprites for the UI.

Exsomnis: The Eleventh Legion is a 3D adventure. It takes place 100 A.D. in a Roman camp in the Swizerland. Currently, it is an early prototype.

Exsomnis: The Eleventh Legion is our first Unreal Engine 5.1+ project. tbc

Abenteuer mit Sam is a 2D educational point & click adventure about bullying in schools.

Abenteuer mit Sam was made in Unity (2020). tbc

EmpathyX is a serious 2D Point and Click Adventure by SenAm Games for the Karl Schlecht Stiftung about empathy in leadership positions. Empathy is a core competence for good leadership but it has many facets. Although empathy is an important skill in communicative networking, the ability of many managers to empathize is currently decreasing. How can leadership in a crisis still succeed through empathy? And how can empathy be strengthened as a leadership skill for the future? In spring and summer 2021, six teams from the participating institutes developed different game concepts to illuminate empathy from all sides and make it understandable in a playful way.

The game is a playable prototype. My task was helping SenAm Games for six weeks with the Game Design, Narration and Sound Design. Therefore, I used the game engine Godot as well as Codecks and Inkle. I shortened and corrected the narrative in Inkle and implemented sounds and music in Godot.

Fading is a 3D walking simulator and exploration game taking place in a single room. The game is about a girl who has lost her family in a fire and moved to her only relatives in Germany to begin a new life. Despite all the support of her new family, she cannot let go of her past.

Fading was a small university project for a course and our first fully finished game as NightinGames. I used gitKraken, gitLab, Presonus Studio One, Notion, Unity 3D, Autodesk Maya LT and Clip Studio Paint Pro for this project. My tasks were Game- & Level Design, additional 2D & 3D Art and Narration. My key task was designing a cliché girl’s room so that the collectables could stick out. I build the room in Unity and created the structures (floor, walls, windows and door) and some other assets (radiator, desk, chandelier). For the first time, I worked with the Terrain Tool in Unity to create with assets from the Asset Store an environment. I made some 2D sprites (credit- and family pictures). Together with our main programmer, I created the Main Menu with animations and did the Post Pro as well as some small coding tasks. I wrote the story and the voice lines and edited them in Presonus Studio One. Last but not least, I organised the play tests and the polishing phase as well as the ticket system in Notion.

Free Speech is a game prototype about the freedom of speech. There are many different opinions on the Internet. What is freedom of speech and should some statements get deleted? The player decides by swiping quotes. In the end, the statistics can be compared with other players worldwide.

I used gitKraken, gitLab, Unity 2D, FireBase and Google App Store. My tasks were research, translations and additional programming. My key tasks were the establishment of the database in FireBase and the connection to Unity 2D. I translated non-english quotations to English and searched for appropriate sources for our game.

Untold Stories of Little Glade is a farming simulator with a dark side to it. You can live your best farm life while planting flowers, talking to people, harvest crops or sell some drugs. You decide! The game is made by Sad Dinosaur Noises.

I assisted the Leading Artist with 2D sprites. Following, there are some sprites I created for the game. My main task was environmental 2D art.

City without Light (2020)

2D Cyberpunk Point and Click Adventure
Software: gitKraken, gitLab, Unity 2D
Tasks: Game-, Puzzle & Level Design, Programming, Sound Design and Narration
The game is about an underground city called Sanctuary. You play as Rain and Jupiter, two women which become victims of the intrigues and secrets of Sanctuary’s greater powers. It is your decision whether you decide to fight back or try to escape.

AIKO (2020)

2D Jump’n’Run

Software: Unity 2D, Clip Studio Paint Pro

Tasks: Game- & Level Design, UI Design & additional 2D Art

Aiko is a young and ambitious assassin who wants to prove her father that she is ready to become the next head of the family.

Heart of the Machine (2020)

Software: Unity 3D, Autodesk Maya LT, Clip Studio Paint Pro

Tasks: Game- & Level Design, 3D Art, Narration, UI Design

Heart of the Machine was made during the 48h Mini Beans Jam. You play a mechanic in a steampunk working space and your goal is to maintain the engines.

Before Winter Falls (2019)

Software: Unity 3D

Tasks: Game- & Level Design, Sound Design, Programming

This game was made during the 48 h Global Game Jam („Home“). The small hedgehog cannot return to his cozy home. Instead the spiny mammal must build a new one with all his strength. You can help him!

Shattered (2018)

Survival Horror
Software: Unity 3D & Autodesk Maya
Tasks: Game- and Level Design, additional 3D Art
You wake up in a hospital room. What happened? Where is everybody?

Wrong Hatch (2018)

Point-and-Click Adventure

Software: Unity 2D

Tasks: Game- & Level Design, Programming

This game was made during the 48 h Game Jam at the University of Bayreuth. It was a test project for our bigger Point-and-Click Adventure City without Light.

Blackwood Station (2018)

Survival Horror

Software: Autodesk Maya

Task: Additonal Art, Sound Design and Narration

The game was made during the 48 h Global Game Jam and it was my first participation in a game project. At that time, I had no experience with modeling or game development.

Commissional 2D Work

If.digital (2021)