Anne Zarnecke

Hi! My name is Anne Zarnecke and I’m a German Game Designer living in Berlin. My passion lies in telling stories through mechanics in order to create meaningful experiences. I recently finished my bachelors degree in Game Design at the University of Applied Sciences and am the Game Design Director and Narrative Designer at the Berlin based game developer Mad About Pandas.

Besides working as a Game Designer, I am also freelancing as a writer and journalist. Throughout the years I have published various articles on websites like GameStar and Gamereactor, my work can also be seen in print magazines like the WASD and Gain Magazine.

My all time favorite games are The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the Mass Effect Trilogy.

Feel free to contact me for new opportunities or other matters! I work remotely from Berlin and preferably work on a contract basis.

What I'm playing right now

What I'm currently up to

Hitchhiker A mystery game set along lost highways.


During my studies I absolved an internship at the Berlin based game developer Mad About Pandas. Now that my studies are done, I am the Game Design Director and Narrative Designer at the studio. We are currently working on Hitchhiker, a mystery game with influences from Firewatch, Twin Peaks and other surreal experiences. My tasks include visual scripting, gameplay design as well as overall game design. The game is being published by Versus Evil and will be released this year. Check it out!

Game Design WOMENIZE!


Womenize! is an action program for females in Games and Tech and aims to support emerging talents in the games, media and IT industry. As part of the program I am writing a weekly feature series called “Womenize! Wednesday Weekly”, where I interview inspiring women from various fields. Every Wednesday a new feature will be published.

Games Journalism Gamereactor Germany​


I’ve been working as a freelancer for Gamereactor’s German website for about three years now. From time to time I will write news, but most of the time I am reviewing current video games.