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    dkirschner's Happy Game (PC)

    [July 9, 2024 01:38:02 PM]
    This is the third and most recent of the Amanita Design games I played. It's also my favorite of the bunch. Amanita Design games are usually weird, quirky, and cute. This one is a horror game. It's like the folks who usually create these fun games about wacky creatures had a terrible day and dreamed up some horrific nightmares.

    You play as a kid who gets terrorized by some kind of creature, which looks like a horror version of the yellow smiley emoji, in his dreams. You have to survive three nightmares, trying to retrieve a toy that the smiley monster took in each. In the first, it's a soccer ball, then a stuffed bunny doll, then your dog. The soccer ball nightmare was strange enough, but the bunny nightmare (my favorite) was sick. There are bunny monsters, you have to decapitate bunnies with a guillotine, you have to get cannibal bunnies to eat other bunnies, you have to make a monster torture bunnies, etc. You can imagine the unease I felt when I saw that the third level was about the boy's pet dog. It does depict some animal cruelty (cartoon-ish, but still gross). At least it's the monsters hurting it and not your character.

    Gameplay is standard Amanita Design toybox stuff. It's a point-and-click, so you'll click around on objects seeing what happens when you drag them, stretch them, prod them, drop them on other objects, etc. It's not a hard game. It's still sometimes funny, always weird, occasionally cute, but it's completely morbid. I have a student who calls everything "demonic" (and I shouldn't listen to death metal because it's demonic, and I shouldn't watch horror movies because they're demonic...), and I keep thinking what if she saw this game, haha. Strange that I go to imagining this through the eyes of that person.

    Definitely recommend if you want to be unnerved for a couple hours.
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    dkirschner's Happy Game (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Thursday 4 July, 2024

    GameLog closed on: Tuesday 9 July, 2024

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Surreal and weird and creepy. Thoroughly enjoying it. --------- Unnerving and morbid. Creepy feeling. Neat game.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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