That Other Reality November 30, 2006Posted by joshg in General.
What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed is a tricky and surreal puzzle game (with an absolutely awesome name). You play, well, I’m not even sure what it is you’re playing as, but on one half of the screen you’re busily trying to sort out futuristic fast-food orders. On the other half, you’re an oddly abstract Japanese figure who floats about doing … something that’s explained in Japanese, which I can’t read, so drat. The stylistic differences between the two halves of the screen are very dramatic and intriguing.
What struck me as relevant about this game in terms of “faith games” is the way it simultaneously presents dual realities that overlap each other. You have two parallel mouse cursors, so any action in one reality automatically affects the other as well. However, the puzzles play some tricks with this, in that some controls which are set left-to-right in one reality will be top-bottom in the other. This way, you can choose from the two realities independantly. This also means that the solutions to the two puzzles are not simply identical, which is probably a good thing since then the differences would be superficial and meaningless from a gameplay perspective.
This is definitely a unique and interesting approach to representing overlapping realities, something that occurs in many religions in terms of intertwined physical and spiritual worlds. Something to keep in mind for any future faithgame-creators out there as a source of inspiration.