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Feeling Negative: Bars Of Black And White

My magazines say this about me too.

I love an Escape The Room game. This little lovely was spotted by the eagliest eyes in the world at Indie Games. It’s called Bars of Black and White, employing a barcode scanner as its central premise. this one’s by Gregory Weir, who you may remember from Majesty of Colors.

There’s a pleasingly oppressive tone to the short game, its hastily scrawled environments fitting the overall theme, with plenty of nice surprises in its ten minutes. My favourite being the radio. Once you have the barcode scanner, you can scan black and white striped items by clicking and dragging from left to right, revealing information at the bottom of the screen. Increasingly strange information.

The aim, as is ever the case with these games, is to get out of the room. Which is a nice way to implement gentle themes from point and click adventures, while using the experimental atmosphere of interactive fiction. Go play.

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