Have you seen Salvador Dalí and director Luis Buñuel’s surrealist film Un Chien Andalou? You might know it as “that weird film where a load of seemingly unconnected things happen oh yeah and that dude slices that woman’s eye open with a razor right?” This is relevant: The Tender Cut [official site] is a free short game inspired by that film. I think you might enjoy its moodiness, unsettling with odd visions and bloody holes and genital hallucinations and razor-sharpening.
The Tender Cut visits the small apartment from the film’s opening scene, a stark place with a balcony and a few objects to jab at. Say, why are insects emerging from behind that painting? Why does it make me choose a distinctly geniticular image at the start? Why is sharpening this razor so hypnotic? Oh no why did I jab that squishy hole? Oh god why is the Moon doing that?
It’s all very dreamy, drawn in quiet monochrome with a soundtrack similar in tone to the film’s. Explore, poke at stuff, and see what happens. At the end, it’ll show you which scenes you found and missed, and I was certainly surprised on my first play by how much I hadn’t found.
The Tender Cut is the work of a Russian team calling themselves ‘No, thanks’, which is both difficult for our comma-divided tagging system and for me trying to convey the name of the studio without looking like I’m talking to myself, politely declining an unheard request.