You’d think videogames and magical realism would’ve found each other by now, but the pairing is still a tragically rare sight. Kentucky Route Zero is one of the few games I can name that embraces elements of magical realism without evolving into full-blown fantasy, but another project called Memoranda—also a point-and-click adventure—could soon join the list.
Memoranda is inspired by the fiction of Haruki Murakami, whose works are often set in surreal realities that find a dreamlike charm in mundanity. In Memoranda’s case, the setting and the time period may be unclear and contain dissonant elements, but most of its characters are united by one thing: loss. Whether it’s an object or even their sense of self, each character has lost something that we’ll be tasked with recovering.
Watching its first trailer, I’m reminded of the works of Aimee Bender as much as Murakami—sad, lonely people becoming the center of strange occurrences; reacting to the absurd with a quiet acceptance.
The folks behind Memoranda promise a playable demo within the next few days.
Learn more about Memoranda on its Kickstarter page.