While video games are typically lighthearted, fun escapes from reality, sometimes games can attempt to tackle more serious issues and serve to make players think and reflect on something rather than escape it. This has been even more common in the past few years with the openness of digital marketplaces and the explosion of the indie developer scene. One such game that tackles some tough issues, specifically alcoholism and mental illness, is called Keep in Mind from Little Moth Games. The story follows Jonas, who suffers from alcholism and mental illnesses like depression and grief, as he awakes one night in a strange alternate version of his world and must go on to face the darkest demons of his psyche. Here’s the latest trailer.
Keep in Mind originally released back in 2016 as a browser game, but Little Moth has partnered up with Akupara Games to re-release the game as Keep in Mind: Remastered on iOS, Android, and Steam on March 8th. The game is most certainly not a long experience, and can be completed in a half hour or so, but the hope is that the impact of the characters and story will help players deal with their own issues, or at least open their eyes to them. One very cool thing about this new release is that the developers will be donating all the game’s profits to the Child’s Play Charity. While it’s maybe not as “fun” playing games that deal with these serious issues, I’m glad that the medium of video games can branch out into these areas and create awareness and even help people cope through their own problems. If Keep in Mind: Remastered looks interesting to you, then check it out when it launches on March 8th.
It was in July of last year that we posted the trailer for a very promising upcoming MMORPG from developer Jandisoft called simply Mad World. While the game’s art style, soundtrack, and overall theme was really cool, what really stood out about Mad World was that it’s built entirely in HTML5 and should run in a basic web browser with complete cross-platform play across PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and whatever other platforms it ends up releasing on. They showed how well this works in a follow-up video in August. We haven’t heard much from Mad World since, but this week Jandisoft announced that Steam will be an additional platform where the game is heading and it should arrive there this fall. They also unveiled an awesome new trailer for the game.
Man, this game is looking bad ass. With the ability to play in real-time with other players cross-platform across a host of devices, and with all game progress being saved server-side to make for seamless transitioning, I think there’s all sorts of potential for Mad World to capture a huge audience of players. I’m really excited to see a developer really trying to explore the benefits of HTML5 and of course it will never stop being impressive to me that a game that looks this good can run in a freaking web browser. It’s not clear if Mad World will be launching on all platforms alongside the Steam release this fall, or if it will be earlier or later, but the game is pegged for a 2018 release so we should all be able to play it on whatever the heck platform feel like at some point this year.
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