"You play Eimear, an innocent little girl with reprehensible parents."
February 6, 2012 7:17 AM Subscribe
Oíche Mhaith (Good Night) is a game by IGF Festival Finalists Stephen (increpare) Lavelle and Terry Cavanaugh about families, bereavement and resurrection.
With some potentially NSFW language and content, the game represents a collaboration between two well-known players in the field of micro and art games. Lavelle has more than 100 games on his website
. Cavanagh is less prolific, although he has just released the first of five planned "small games", ChatChat
, a simple graphical MUD/chatroom in which the players are all cats (previously
Both Cavanagh and Increpare have games nominated as finalists at the 2012 Independent Games Festival
- Increpare for English Country Tune
, and Cavanagh for At A Distance
, a two player puzzle game "about solitude in shared experiences", with a mechanic players are asked not to reveal to those who have not yet played it.
Oíche Mhaith is reminiscent in gameplay and some themes of Cavanagh's earlier work, the simple, 5-screen RPG Hero's Adventure
, and of increpare's (very NSFW and potentially triggering) The Terrible Whiteness of Appalachian Nights
. However, this (spoiler-heavy) review by Kill Screen,
from which the post title is taken, sees more to it than the simplicity of its gameplay.
Yet while Eimear's situation pertains to her gender and the specifics of her personal tragedy, the player develops a sense of empathy for her. You internalize the role of this child, and feel the yearning she has for her family's affection, and the confusion and sadness of its denial.
(Note: "slut/slutty" in Ireland has an alternate but associated meaning - a woman who does not keep a clean and tidy house.)