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Tape To Tape: Small Radios Big Televisions

Small Radios Big Televisions is described by creator Owen Deery of Fire Face as, “A game about exploring digital places stored in analog media.” I describe it as, “A really pretty weird thing that’s fun to click on.” You can see for yourself in a short demo that runs within your web browser itself.

Deery has an exceptional style, which is immediately apparent here. A beautiful rendering of an oil rig in a simple 3D model is the setting for an oblique puzzling thing in which you click on doors to enter rooms, find cassette tapes, play them to reveal gorgeously crafted scenic vignettes, and discover the floating green dodecahedrons within.

It’s brief, but it does the job of convincing me this is a piece of esoterica into which I’d like to dive head-first. Here’s a trailer:

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