Elegy for a Dead World --- Review

Posted by Makayla Yokley on April 29, 2015 at 1:55 PM

So for this post I'm reviewing the game "Elegy for a Dead World" which you can purchase on Steam (and, as far as I know, ONLY on steam). The premise of the game is a simple one: You are a space traveller going to three different worlds, completely destroyed and devoid of any other life, and once you're there you're given writing prompts on certain areas of the worlds and you're supposed to fill in the blanks with how YOU think its finished. 

Oh wow, sounds like SUCH a boring game, right? Who would EVER enjoy a game like this? 

How about, I don't know, WRITERS? 

This game is absolutely perfect for writers. It's an incredible way to exercise your creative muscles because you have to find new ways to work around the prompts which may not have fit in with what you already wrote, which takes the whole thing to a new level. Personally, I wrote one about a sculptor whose lover got killed and she sculpts an entirely new world filled with people and nature and everything, then after her first world is destroyed she watches like a coward until everyone is dead. Then she spends decades trying to earn money to buy her planet back from an intergalactic tycoon who wants to turn it into a resort planet, then ANOTHER decade re-learning to sculpt after a head injury. After ages upon ages she sculpts herself to death and her spirit goes on to live forever in her final sculpt. 

(Okay that's the worst summary of what I did. If there are any other writers out there in the audiance please stand up if you hate summaries!)

Then I learned there are several "direction prompts" (as I call them) which dictates what kind of story you're going to write once you're actually in the world. For example, the world with the sculptor, I could've chosen to write a letter about how this planet is my new home and why. 

So far the only negative thing I can think of about the game is some of the sounds get annoying after a while if you don't move past the prompt fast enough. On that same coin, though, this game has incredible composition and even the annoying sounds are awesome. It sets the scene beautifully and really creates an amazing sense of atmosphere. 

To be honest I really don't have anything negative to say about "Elegy for a Dead World." Not a single thing. It's an incredible game and if you're a writer I definitely think you should tip-toe over to Steam and buy yourself a copy because it'll easily be the best money you ever spent. 

Unless of course you recently bought a monkey in a tuxedo.

In which case, I'm going to go sit down now. 

Go enjoy the game, it's awesome. The people who worked on it did an amazing job and should be acknowledged! 

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