On Flash Games 54 – Fixation
"Engrossing" is the best word I’d pick for this game.
Greetings, dear readers. On Flash Games progresses to issue fifty-four, covering a game by 2D Array. Be warned, this is a game that transcends the flash medium. Play it here on Kongregate. It’s hard to begin to describe this game. The closest thing I could liken it to is Valve’s Portal and it’s sequel, but the storyline in this game (which itself is a prequel to “The Company of Myself) replaces chocolate cake jokes with a wounded-bird tale of a girl named Kathryn, who herself has a headful of issues. The game plays as a platformer, and in my reading of it, each level is metaphorical to a day in Kathryn’s life. She’s grossly dependent on nicotine, and it’s one cigarrette at a time that she gets through this game, and clouds and rings of smoke are to Fixation what the Portal Gun is to Portal. The graphics are lo-fi 8-bit, but the music is glistening melancholy. I was a bit cynical at first, but found Fixation to be almost profoundly moving. No spoilers, go play it. 5 out of 5 for achieving “video games as art” status.
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