Spectre by Vaguely Spectacular
Independent Games Festival - Winner Student Showcase
Download (please donate): www.spectregame.com
On a quiet winter night, Joseph Wheeler stares up into the snow and tries to recall the nine moments that shaped his 73 years of life. Travel through Joseph Wheeler's memory and relive those nine moments, choosing how his life will be remembered.
Spectre is a recombinant narrative platformer, a game that tells the story of an individual's life. The landscape before you is not a physical world, but 73 years' worth of Joseph's memory: moments of joy and fear, light and darkness. As you navigate through his specific recollections, similarly themed events will glow bright. If you succeed in these moments of play and follow a glowing path, you will find a theme uniting his experience, and uncover a little more of his fading memory. If not, your nightly story will end in confusion.
Vaguely Spectacular is a creative collective of student game designers and developers. Most of us are associated with the University of Southern California's Interactive Media Division, either as graduate or undergraduate students. We like experimenting with narrative and storytelling in games. Some of us are associated with the Odd Gentlemen and the Peanut Gallery, but Spectre is the first game that we've made together.