I'm going to approach this from the point of view of someone who engages in analysis of video games as literature, which I do. So, from that perspective, FUUUUUUUUUCK. This was so upsetting. This was upsetting in a perfect way. Talk about a hostile atmosphere. I love the use of language as a low-level antagonist in itself, separating Kaci from her words as though she is some sort of boss, spewing these crushing blows. Curtain is heartbreaking, but it's also incredibly relatable. I hate the experience, and I loved how it worked out.
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
CURTAIN is an interactive first-person narrative about Kaci & Ally, two queer women in a Glasgow punk band, which gives you a first hand experience of their destructive relationship.
Players embody Ally coming home to their apartment after a successful gig as Kaci, your partner, watches and comments on every thought and action, creating an overwhelming, stifling atmosphere
It takes about half an hour to finish, the game will exit itself.
(cw: non-explicit themes of abuse)
Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts or feedback! :3
dreamfeelx at gmail
Game is now PWYW! c:
- AMaze 2015's Grand Prize for The Most Amazing Game
- Best Game Script 2015, Writers Guild of Ireland
"Curtain is less a cautionary tale and more a cathartic exploration of a terrible, complex situation. It's real-life horror, with a "monster" that's infinitely more complicated and human than anything in fiction... dreamfeeel's observations are so dead-on that they broke my heart". - Danielle Riendeau, Polygon
"You know this is going to happen from the start... The trash of adolescence is all around and your relationship is just as grim". - Chris Priestman, KillScreen
"what counts the most, is that if you don't go through all the dramatic hardships, the game will keep on running forever." - Luca Colosso, creepygaming.net
"Curtain is, above all, an exploration of abusive relationships.. the frailty with which we attempt to block out just the parts of people we don't like, until they are too lurid to obscure." - Chloi Rad, IndieGames.com
"if I were @dreamfeeel's mom and just played curtain I would be like 'wow that was really creative' " - @kevinthr
Released 18th August 2014
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