In the spirit of looking in on more interactive experiences, I was directed to this game by @DannyG1888. Apparently over the past weekend, some Devs got together and decided to jam. Everyday Ghosts is one of the 9 titles that came out of this one. The event lasted the weekend between 35 indie developers working to create a little art for the interactive world. You can download the full Ghost Wheel? Bundle here! These games were also made in approximately 35 hours, so keep in mind they are not masterpieces of the art form, just worthy submissions with heart and sweat in them.
Everyday Ghosts was the brainchild of @DANNYG1888 and @IMPLODINGORACLE. Your main character actually looks very similar to the avatar on Imploding Oracle’s twitter. This was explained for me:
The character you play is someone I’ve been making little stories & adventures about for a long while. I just think it’s neat to throw ’em into new scenarios. There have been others and there will probably be more.
– Imploding Oracle, Everyday Ghosts
So the main character, a more trendy version of the lead singer from Gorrilaz (top right), is someone that we might expect to see again. Who is the other character? I thought it was a female, but according to the devs, the character is intentionally left androgynous
I really hadn’t assigned a gender properly to that character. I just made them pretty androgynous. Feel free to interpret that character however you feel.
– Imploding Oracle, Everyday Ghosts
The entire game is really more like a level from a larger title. It is just a slow walk ( or a ninny-frolic if you mash the jump button ) through a haunted junkyard. It makes a sort of sense that a junkyard would be haunted, since it is where items go to die. Perhaps they could still cling to some element of those who owned it? I believe an object can carry some element of an owner, and it doesn’t even need to be varnished with blood, like in the Red Violin.
When the game spools up you hear see only the title screen and then the roar of an engine. Fading in slowly, the scene you are met with is that of your character at the entrance to a graveyard just after sunset, watching as his partner enters. At first I thought this was a video, but I pushed a button and moved, so I went with it.
Personally, I think the androgynous partner looks like a female, so I will call them “she” for ease of typing. So, following her into the graveyard you realized you can collect these floating spectral gears. Upon obtaining them, you will start to see changes. Around you a host of spirits begin to appear as you collect each one. One of the baffling elements about this game is the dialogue. Its tone rests somewhere between casual diffidence and outright aloofness. Each spirit says something to somebody, but in the fashion common to spectres you will see them saying things to someone they think you are, rather than to you directly. Each ghost, or group of ghosts, seems to focus on a snapshot in someone’s life. Now, I highly fucking doubt all of these people died in a junkyard, unless it is the Bermuda junkyard, or something. But face-melting physical anomalies aside, this interactive experience seems to hold a less sinister and more curious emotion. Your character isn’t terrified, but rather perplexed by the ghostly visitors. And just as they appear and deliver their quixotic dialogue, they recede suddenly into the ground.
After wandering the junkyard a bit, you can leave. Honestly, it is possible to leave at any time, but it is more interesting to walk around and chat with the locals a bit first. Sometimes subtly lachrymose, other times bizarre and funny, these spirits definitely leave you scratching your head. If you are wondering when the music discussion will come up, it won’t. The only sound that accompanies you through your exploration of this junkyard is the howl of the wind, which deepens the deathly feel of the game. This title is a free play and a good introduction to those who want to experience the more artistic side of games. I wouldn’t really classify it as a game, since it really is just a short interactive experience that leaves you wondering who these two main characters are. Personally, I hope to find the characters from popping up again soon, like Waldo in a sea of faces. There are a couple more game-like pieces that came out of this event as well. Download Everyday Ghosts and 8 others from the Ghost Wheel? Game Jam! Why wait? It’s fucking free!