i just played this interactive text game With Those We Love Alive and it was intense as hell i loved it.

surreal world with lots of disturbing imagery, interesting plot and concepts, and an overall atmosphere of lingering dread that was just so well established.

it’s strange with games like these, there are no graphics and yet i get so immersed in the world of the story that coming back to reality is jarring. like reading a book you can’t put down, only this time you get to make the decisions. it takes a while to get to the action but the waiting is well worth it.

the game also had a unique way to immerse you physically as well by having you draw sigils on your skin at certain points to summarize your feelings at that moment.

so now it’s past midnight, i have a bunch of sigils scrawled up my arm, and vaguely questioning the realness of my existence. that’s how you know it’s good.

if you’d like to give it a go here are some content warnings for gore, death, unreality, abuse, and drugs.