Composition in a Minor Key, by Aleks Samoylov, isn't just another 'text adventure'—the poetry of its language gets close to you quickly, as you wander the dreamlike night forests, camps and riversides of its small but rich world.
Something I like about this game is that your primary experience involves talking with the vivid characters you meet. Each of them is different, from their cadence to the emotion evoked by meeting them. Perhaps I'm feeling soft today, but I felt sentimental and melancholic speaking to the fortune teller who said my life might have been different if I'd only met that neighbor who loves apricot jam.
It doesn't take a lot of time to experience Composition in a Minor Key, made last year for a jam. but you'll feel its effects long after you finish, still hear the echoes of its unusual sonic backdrop: Footsteps? Water droplets? Time passing... a clock?
Composition in a Minor Key is available for free or suggested donation; you can also become a Patron of Samoylov's work if you enjoy it.
The Offworld Collection, presenting the very best features and essays from Offworld, is finally available to buy directly from Campo Santo for $40. I had the pleasure of designing and illustrating this splendid 250-page hardcover volume, but it’s the excellent writing, edited by Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson, that makes it an essential buy. You […]
Zoya Street, curator of Critical Distance, offers slow reflections on the fast-paced world of digital play…
This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us reading on parenting via Tomb Raider, the utility of the word ‘gameplay’, and experiences from Nintendo ‘play counselors’ from the 1980s and 90s.
In our modern world, our usual first approach to combating an oncoming cold is to medicate it into oblivion. Sometimes, that carpet bombing pharmaceutical attack plan can knock out the congestion and discomfort of an illness before it settles in. But there’s always something to be said for trying to put down the effects of […]
Whether you’re managing a political campaign or building a client base, there comes a time when you stop seeing people and start seeing numbers. This doesn’t happen suddenly. You shake hands, make calls, and build relationships. And then those relationships disappear into a database of donors or customers as your organization grows. People get brought […]
Learning to ride a bike is one of those quintessential childhood experiences that’s as rewarding as it is scary. Prep your precious babe for success by starting them early with the world’s lightest balance bike, the Brilrider FLIGHT. For the uninitiated, balance bikes are no-pedal bicycles that propel forward by pushing off the ground with […]