by Joseph Leray
To get things started, here’s the Official Synopsis™:
A surreal thriller in which the written word is your map, as well as your narrator.
’Device 6’ plays with the conventions of games and literature, entwines story with geography and blends puzzle and novella, to draw players into an intriguing mystery of technology and neuroscience.
Anna wakes up in a castle on a remote island, with little recollection of how she got there. All she remembers is an unusually unpleasant doll… Why are there two identical castles on the island? Who is the mysterious man in the bowler hat? And above all, what is the purpose of the tests Anna is put through?
And here’s “Device 6” in designer and Simogo co-founder Simon Flesser’s own words: “We came to the conclusion that making a game based around maps and text, and spiced with riddles, story and descriptive sound would probably make a very cool, minimalistic, descriptive, experience.”
“So what we ended up with was this thing called ’Device 6,’ which is very much its own thing,” he continued in a blog post announcing the game. “It has very strong gaming elements, but it has just as strong elements of a book or a classic riddle.”
After wrapping up on “Year Walk” — which I absolutely adored — the Simogo crew realized that they were very interested in updating, reformatting, and revamping old text parser games, which eventually led to “Device 6.” They brought “Year Walk” author Jonas Tarstad back into the fold to pen game too.
Simogo are playing coy with most of the details, but “Device 6” seems like it will rely on manipulating pieces of text and looking into alternate realities to solve the twin castles’ mysteries. Their previous game was marketed with a fairly elaborate alternate reality game, so keep your eyes peeled for anything suspiciously doll-, castle-, or 1940’s-related.
If you’re not huge on iOS games, rest assured that Simogo have an unimpeachable track record, with a knack for building smart interactions with iPhone and iPad hardware. There’s no reason suspect that “Device 6” will be any less elegant than “Year Walk,” “Beat Sneak Bandit,” or “Bumpy Road.”
“Device 6” will be available on iOS later this year.
Joseph Leray is a freelance writer from Nashville. Follow him on Twitter