12 January, 2009
This week, we’ll take a look at a game to see what makes it tick. The game in question is Eversion.
Heed the warning: NOT INDICATED FOR CHILDREN OR THOSE OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION
Actually, that’s about your only hint before downloading that the game isn’t as innocuous as the screenshots seem to imply. After you run the game, you see the H.P. Lovecraft quote.
So, warning: the game is full of surprises. Actually, it doesn’t even really tell you much about how to play the game; you don’t really find out what the “everse” button does by reading the instructions. You have to pay careful attention to really understand what’s going on. This isn’t a game for the impatient, but the game is pretty brief overall.
So, play the game and see what makes it tick. Think about the design decisions, perhaps think about these questions:
- Why are the instructions so sparse?
- How does the music play a role in the game?
- How do the puzzle elements work with the overall theme of the game?
- When did you finally realize the horrible, horrible truth?
If you get truly stuck, there are some videos on YouTube that show you how some of the things are done. Give it a go on your own first, though.