Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Please Knock On My Door 19 months ago.
Play involves moving around the different inside and outside spaces to interact with the world. You direct the character to make choices about the day. Maybe you'll send them back to bed, or maybe to use the computer. As you progress your choices have an impact on your wellbeing. You can also make dialogue choices that impact your perspective on the world.
As you explore and make choices, you hear the inner voice of your character. This fully voiced narration adds weight and nuance to the themes that arise. This is backed by a somber soundtrack that has been tailor-made for the game.
In this way you work to bottle up, share or care for your various mental challenges. There's no Game Over screen, only alternate endings with different relationships surviving or failing, that tie into your choices.
This game is good if you want to:
- Re-think your assumptions
- Trick your friends
- Process loss
- Understand loneliness
- Discover the importance of possessions
- Hear characters make choices
The developer describes the game as an experience "that might be difficult to play for those who have dealt with psychological issues such as depression and anxiety. That said, I truly believe that through entertainment we are able to understand topics that would otherwise be too foreign for us. I hope this game can help you better understand what it can be like to live with these issues, like it has already helped me."
Our Game Pathways reveal how 27-year-olds play this game:
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