Animator Veronica Jelinek and designer Tim Garbos’s It Ain’t Over Till the Fat Lady Sings is an adorable two-minute interactive animation that gently pokes fun at the absurdity of five English idioms. “It’s raining cats and dogs” becomes a deluge of pink-and-blue animals pouring from the sky while you open and close an umbrella. You can pull a literal leg until it stretches across the screen and snaps back like a roll of measuring tape.
It Ain’t Over Till the Fat Lady Sings is a clever, funny little game that points to some unexplored areas in the overlap between animation and games; it allows you to trigger its lovingly drawn, brightly hued animations, while keeping you within a tight enough structure to function as comedy. By focusing so tightly on one idea—we say some weird stuff in English!—it illuminates the endless potential of games as a medium. Play it here.
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