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Art Brute: The Infinite Ocean

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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Quintin Smith

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Quinns was one of the first writers to join Rock Paper Shotgun after its founding in 2007, and he stayed with the site until 2011 (though he carried on writing freelance articles well beyond that). These days, you can find him talking about tabletop board games over on Shut Up And Sit Down, or doing proper grown-up journalism with the folks at People Make Games.
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