Comedy is hard to pin down in a video game, but the limits of a point and click adventure are a great means of humor. There is no game: Ironically, wrong dimension is perhaps the name of an upcoming game that is designed as interactive software that you cannot use to play games, but that is increasingly irritated by dialogues.
The developers say this about There Is No Game:
“There’s No Game: Wrong Dimension” is a point and click comedy adventure (and only point and click!) That takes you on a journey through silly and unexpected video game universes that you’ve never been asked to do.
Can you play with the “game” to find your way home?
We sincerely do NOT think. “
Hmm. I don’t think they take it very seriously at all.
As you can see from the trailer, this game will take a playful look at different games and game conventions. Sometimes to undermine your expectations, but only to make you laugh. Obviously there is a lot of love here and some of the visual gags from the trailer made me laugh. Reference humor in games can be a little blatant at times, but it seems that writing and presenting here is fast enough and goofy enough that it hopefully won’t get thin.
How many allusions to different games did you see in the trailer? I caught Superhot, Papers Please, Tentacle Day, A Link to the Past, Myst, Minesweeper and Canabalt. Are there any that I missed?
They also released the free Game Jam prototype version of There Is No Game on Steam, which shows a rough version of the original concept that was originally developed as part of the Construct Deception Jam 2015 and then won.
Or visit the Steam Is There No Game: Wrong Dimension page, which will be available on August 6th.