Young video players include big problems that are important to them in game design, in the hope that their concepts will become a reality.
Bafta announced 51 finalists in its Young Designer of the Year competition.
Among the shortlist is 11-year-old Finley from Dorset, who designed Seas of Salvation, where the player collects waste and plastic from the ocean to thrive.
Habiballah, 14, of Berkshire, decided to build a game called Rewind, which refers to the five stages of grief.
Meanwhile, 15-year-old Emily from Surrey was shortlisted for A Splash of Color, where the main character – inspired by the limitations of Covid-19 – returns color to a pale world.
The winners, who will turn their concepts into work games, are due to be announced on Thursday.
Video reporter: Ben Moore