Exploring the Narrative of Lost at Sea
What are the most important moments in your life? Disappeared at sea is a game about life and death, about accepting one’s past and about one’s family. Set on a beautiful island, this game will force you to overcome your fears and take stock of your life through imaginative puzzles and a relatable story.
Disappeared at sea tells the story of Anna who, in the fall of her life, found herself alone. To live out her new future, she must first take stock of her past. Build her memories through objects and puzzles on a strange island, and face the question we all ultimately face: “Did I do it right?” ”
In Disappeared at sea, we live moments in Anna’s life, moments that we all recognize, moments that make us all wonder how life suddenly took hold of us, instead of the other way around. It’s a prospect we don’t often see in games; a woman, a mother, who is in the second half of her life, but still very present in the community and actively involved in planning for her future.
The 50-70 age group is very neglected in games, especially among women; often it seems that there are either young women, mothers in their forties or grandmothers aged 80 and over. We are happy that with Disappeared at sea we are able to pay attention to another age / life group.
Disappeared at sea is a storytelling game that combines linear and non-linear storytelling, along with metaphorical spaces and puzzles to hopefully allow players to join Anna on her journey.
There is environmental storytelling; the island that serves as the backdrop to the gaming experience is a symbolic space, allowing players to physically explore the larger emotions of the main character and confront his fears. The final layer of the storytelling is made up of the thoughts, feelings, and voice of the main character here and now, leading players through “the main story” if you will.
The puzzles in the game are designed to point to specific times in a human’s life, showing the broad spectrum of human life from cradle to grave. At the same time, meaningful objects attached to these puzzles connect Anna’s story to those moments, and her life is told to us in miniature memories via voiceover and storybook illustrations.
Disappeared at sea invites you to explore the island’s picturesque landscapes and dreamlike spaces, uncover its hidden secrets and solve its puzzles, while delving deeper and deeper into Anna’s mind and soul. We hope you find yourself on Anna’s journey, as her fears, struggles, and triumphs are all too human.
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