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Art Brute: The Infinite Ocean

Nobody likes you. You smell. Episode 3 is never coming out.

What do you do when Terry Cavanagh, creator of VVVVVV, sends you an email telling you about a 7 year old browser game that’s only recently been updated? I’ve just found out. You squeak, you listen, and then you play that game from start to finish.

The Infinite Ocean by indie dev Jonas Kyratzes is a deliciously dark slice of future-terror presented as a kind of wandering escape-the-room game, although Terry points out that this game was made long before escape-the-room was a genre. Your character wakes up in an empty room where everybody’s left very quickly. The coffee is still hot, the chairs are tipped up and discouraging messages flicker on all the computer screens. They’re trying to tell you what to do. But who are ‘they’? Narrative exposition then comes from System Shock/Marathon style computer terminals, each providing a blast of thought-provoking information like the world’s most enjoyable electro-shock therapy. But let’s not spoil anything. Go play. It’ll take you perhaps 40 minutes from start to finish.

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