“I beheld The Message, and it surprised me. Yet once I saw it, I knew it could never have been anything else.”
A story about space and the mysterious things inside of it. Written by me, illustrated by my good friend Dominik Johann. Made in a couple of days for Rami Ismail's Fuck This Jam, a game jam about utter ignorance for conventions and hate for established genre rules.
This was the first game I actually released into the wild, which at the time was a very nerve-wracking thing for me. I think we were ridiculously lucky with the amount of attention it got, but I'm proud of it nonetheless. I've written somewhat of a post-mortem on my blog.
Videogames for Humans
The Message is one of the games featured in Merritt Kopas’ twine anthology Videogames for Humans.
Words & Recognition
“The Message does a terrific job of setting a grim, disturbing mood for the state of the emotional state of planet Earth, and by the end, well, you'll understand why.”
— Giant Bomb
“the message is a brilliant, artfully written, suspenseful game.”
— Anna Anthropy
“The Message is wonderful. The Message is wise. The Message will probably make you beautiful. Play it. Don’t let me spoil anything for you.”
“Here’s a deeply chilling Twine story about the perils of space exploration in a universe where we are not alone. If you don’t suffer from any major heart conditions, the tense build-up of The Message comes highly recommended.”
— Rock, Paper, Shotgun
“The Message explores the human psyche so deeply, and you can beat it in less than 10 minutes. 9/10.”