Shadow Work

Play as Jenny (and her dark side) as she platforms and puzzles her way out of a shadowy twisted house. Jenny is depressed and finds it hard to leave her house so she shuts herself away in the darkness of her trauma and mental battles. Through a puppet show, the game tells the story of how Jenny overcomes her shadow self by working together with it and eventually leaving her house with a stronger sense of identity. The player can switch between both the shadow-self and the real-self, or control both simultaneously, in order to solve complex puzzles that include unlocking doors, pushing objects and activating pressure plates and levers. This game was inspired by the mystical world of Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet and it's use of puppets to tell a meaningful tale.
Jam year: 
2022
Diversifiers: 
The Best from Britain - (Sponsored by UK Games Fund/Transfuzer)
Take A Break
Platforms: 
MS Windows
Tools and Technologies: 
Unity (any product)
Technology Notes: 
Blender (for asset creation)
Credits: 

Zaynab Bawa: Game Design, Level Design, Gameplay Programmer, Game Director

Callum Simpson: Game Design, Level Design, Lead Programmer

Wojciech Kilian: Game Design, Level Design, Narrative Design, Art Director

Reefat Bakht: Game Design, Level Design, Gameplay Programmer, Narrative Director

Julius Lord: Game Design Director, Puzzle Creation, Sound Director

Sean Feeley: Character Artist, Narrative Design, Lead Animator

Alfred (Captain ALM): Narrative Design, Level Design

Nubba (Nin): Narrative Design, Level Design

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Game Tags: 
2.5D
Platformer
Puzzle
Side Scroller