Peace, But For A Price…
“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.“
― The Matrix
Despite there being no apparent link to The Matrix in A World, At Peace, the serenity and imaginativeness of the game has allowed me to go there.
It seems pretty clear from the start that it’s the blue orbs I’m after.
“If you collect 100 of these… You should head for that castle out there!” Then what…? Does one get to continue living in this peaceful bliss—in ignorance perhaps—none the wiser of one’s purpose in this game? Or will the story simply end?
The Man Behind A World, At Peace
The narrative is short, and sweetly existential, although it could do with a little fleshing out here and there. For his second-year design studio course, Joshua “heyitsjosh” Weinberg spent a mere 3-4 weeks on Unreal Engine 4 and Cinema 4D crafting a tranquil, low-poly 3D world in which one is able to lose themselves for a coffee-break amount of time.
All About Gameplay
Find yourself among lush rolling hills, pyramidal mountains, and glistening lakes as your protagonist weaves her way through this undulating, almost disturbingly quiet landscape.
The music displays idyllic layers of piano, wind, and strings, and is almost hypnotic— an original soundscape by the author, using his current experience in music composition.
Gameplay-wise, everything runs really smoothly and is particularly calming. The only thing noticed was that if you jump while running, you just…keep running. Can deal with that.
Choose To Stay Or Leave
You reach the castle and you’re presented with an ultimatum.
Choose to stay and you are set to live out the rest of your days a motionless statue.
Choose to leave, and you are essentially collecting your last “blue pill” and returning to the world as you know it, forever unaware of the deeper truths this world may hold…
How to choose?
If you had the opportunity to be in a world of eternal peace, but would simultaneously lose the ability to move or do anything, just exist, statuesque…is it worth it?
The game cleverly and quite beautifully leaves it up to you, for—according to heyitjosh—some “light theorizing”.
A World, At Peace Download Links
☞ A World At Peace Free Download [Windows]
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