Within the early twentieth Century, bored Surrealists created a parlor game where one would draw a part of a determine, fold paper so solely a bit is proven, then go it to the subsequent individual to proceed. On this manner a bizarre, multipart monster can be created in a game now known as Beautiful Corpse.
Now a collective of indie devs working (largely) within the lo-fi PSX aesthetic have created a series of free video games primarily based on a collective story—with a twist. Every game in C.H.A.I.N.G.E.D. (Chainged) ends with a selection, and that selection feeds right into a separate game, making a branching collection of video games with their very own endings. I am certain you’ll be able to see where I am going with this: In true beautiful corpse style, builders solely knew about video games earlier than them in their very own department.
Different branches developed totally on their very own, ending with radically completely different video games on radically completely different storylines—or not, because the case could also be. It is a case of some weirdos going wild and doing nice stuff, as you’d anticipate from this crew.
As a result of a lot of “this crew” are the identical individuals behind and affiliated with 2020’s Haunted PS1 Demo Disc, a free assortment of oddities, demos, and one-off initiatives which our Fraser Brown known as “a great way to shine a highlight on indie dev initiatives, which could usually fall by way of the cracks.”
An identical crew adopted up with one other spherical of Haunted demos in 2021, titled, uh, Haunted PS1 Demo Disc 2021.
However the true connection comes from a special experiment, C.H.A.I.N., or Chronological Haunted Anomalous Interconnected Narrative, which was a collection of various video games linked collectively to inform one story. Chainged provides the GED—Guide Every Choice—by making Chain’s linear sequence right into a nonlinear one.
Yow will discover Chainged free of charge on itch. Thanks for the tipoff, RPS.