There is one very unique thing—actually let’s say two things—about the upcoming illustrated point-and-click adventure Maggie’s Apartment. Ok wait, maybe three. Better make it three.
First of all, the game takes place in a one room apartment. Now if you’re like me, you already think the point/click genre is a bit constricting. So how can an entire game take place in one room? It could be looked at as an exercise in artistic restriction, which is often the key to creativity. Working within limitations can bring focused creativity to a project or even an entire art form. Just think about pixel art, for one example. Or maybe it’s like when you put your finger over the spout of the drinking fountain. Restriction == building energy == water all up in your friend’s stupid ugly face. Wait, I think that metaphor got sidetracked somewhere.
Anyway, despite the locational restriction, you’ll still be meeting plenty of interesting characters and situations in your effort to unravel the mystery behind your captor Randy Rosebud and the celebrity conspiracies that seem to be swirling about in the outside world. You’ll just need a little help from your neighbors.
The second unique reason might be the most apparent and stimulating—the lush illustrative technique. The artist behind Maggie’s Apartment channels the ripe expressiveness of illustrators Bill Plympton or John Kricfalusi (Ren & Stimpy). And get this (unique reason #3)—she’s only 17 years old. That’s right, Anatola Howard is currently a college freshman at California Institute of the Arts. But this isn’t even her first gaming project to date. She illustrated for a freeware title called 4 Lung Boy a couple years back, and is obviously on track for making waves in both the animation and gaming worlds.
So let’s see (counting on fingers), I believe that covers everything, except for perhaps the fourth thing that makes Maggie’s Apartment unique—the game has full voice acting. So really you’re going to be getting the full cartoon experience here. And considering how much overlap there is between the gaming and animation worlds, you’d think this would be more commonplace of a concept than it actually is. So go vote up Maggie’s Apartment on Greenlight, and if you want to keep up with Anatola Howard and her progress, check out her Tumblr.