THE HANGED MAN
A DARK PUZZLE-ADVENTURE
ENCOUNTER THE BEAST AND FACE THE FEARS OF A MOTHER. THIS GAME WILL TURN YOU UPSIDE DOWN.
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FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT’S AWAITING ME?
The Hanged Man is a puzzle-adventure game developed mainly for gamepads, in which you have to change gravity in order to solve the puzzles. In the approximately 15 minutes long storymode you can explore the mind of a mother and have to encounter the beast inside. Besides the storymode you can solve further puzzles in the puzzlemode.
WHY THE MIND OF A MOTHER?
There are many faces of depression and one of it is PPD (postpartum depression). It is particularly difficult for affected people to bare as everyone expects them to be happy with their newborn child. But reality doesn’t always look so bright. Parenthood may come with many fears and false expectations. The Hanged Man explores these fears and shows a world, which is more common than you would expect.
WHY MAKE A GAME OUT OF THIS TOPIC?
There is more potential in games, than just slaying dragons, driving fast cars or saving the world. More personal problems can be explored trough the interactive experience of games. The fundamental idea of this project was to create a game about the serious topic PPD. By letting the player dive into this mental illness in an abstract way, we can draw attention to it without being to educational. Just like most of the individuals suffering from it, PPD may even be unrecognised in the game and only experienced as a peculiar inner world.
ABOUT THE TEAM
We are Andres Bucher and Julia Bohren, two game-design students at the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK) located in Switzerland. This game was made with chocolate and cheese.
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