2D abstract horror platformer made by a woman
June 18, 2017 11:37 PM   Subscribe

I played an indie game a few years ago whose name I absolutely cannot remember and which I have absolutely failed to find using any search I can think of. It is an abstract platformer that messes with how 2d games and platformers work and has themes of horror and violence. More details inside.

It is a 2D platformer of sorts where you play as a square moving through a world of square tiles (think large pixels, rather than squares per se). You often have to break the "rules" of the 2d world you're in in order to progress through levels. Often times the level is like a puzzle where you have to figure out which rule to break in order to reach the finish. Various scraps of text occasionally appear in the background. As you get further into the game, the backgrounds and art assets become more and more reminiscent of blood and meat. The sounds and music get harsher and more violent.

The game was made by a woman — I remember this explicitly — and it features various themes of violence against women (in a very abstract form) as it goes on. I realize how strange this sounds, and it is a very strange game, but also one that messes around with your preconceptions about video games and interaction and representation. I even remember reading a long review of this game somewhere, which I can also not now find, so I'm pretty sure I didn't hallucinate it.

For what it's worth, this game is definitely not Gyossait, They Bleed Pixels, or RETSNOM, which are the closest games I know of to what this game is.
posted by cthuljew to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: It's not Thomas Was Alone either.
posted by cthuljew at 12:07 AM on June 19, 2017

Best answer: I asked around, and Problem Attic by Liz Ryerson was suggested. blog post about it
posted by naju at 4:40 AM on June 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: omg yes thank you! That is exactly it!
posted by cthuljew at 4:51 AM on June 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

Awesome! I really want to play this now.
posted by naju at 4:54 AM on June 19, 2017

Response by poster: Pretty sure this is the article I mentioned: http://blog.brendanvance.com/2013/11/02/problem-attic/
posted by cthuljew at 5:17 AM on June 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

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