Hey everyone, I'm the gameplay designer and engineer on Apartment: A Separated Place. It's an indie game about the relationships we have with the important people in our lives — whether they are romantic, familial, platonic, or otherwise. We're in the final 48 hours of our Kickstarter campaign to polish up the game's art and music, and I thought you all might be interested in what we've made!
You can get a demo of our game here!
In Apartment you play as Nick Connor, a comic artist whose girlfriend, Madison, has just left him. You get to explore his mental and emotional state in the wake of his break up. Nick mopes around his apartment in an introspective daze, chewing over his thoughts and looking at the things that spark memories of the times they shared together. As an artist, Nick turns to illustration to memorialize these special moments, whether they were good or bad.
You also get to step into the lives of Nick's neighbors: a displaced loner, an uncertain newlywed, a lost daughter, a grieving widow.
We convey story through mechanics that put players in the shoes of our characters. In the game we experiment with different mechanics through a series of playable vignettes tailored to tell the stories of Nick’s his neighbors. Every neighbor vignette uses a different gameplay style unique to that experience. One of our favorite examples can be seen in the Kinda Funny Games Let's Play below, which shows the first part of Rose's story.
I'd love to talk more about the game with you. Let me know what you think and any questions you have!
Here's a fun Let’s Play video by Kinda Funny's Greg and Tim. They play a bit of Rose's story.
Here's a more serious Let’s Play video by MinerStewy. He plays a bit of Jim's story.