Have you ever been watching a cartoon when suddenly the screen goes white, the main character is standing there alone, and the animator’s pencil drops down into screen to mess with the world? It’s a classic fourth-wall-breaking gag that’s all over the place in animation—from the classic Looney Tunes short Duck Amuck to the more recent Animator vs Animation series of viral videos—and now it’s coming to games.
Usually, this trope is played for comedy, but new 3D platforming game Unfinished – An Artist’s Lament seeks to use it for existential drama. Casting you as an unfinished sketch looking to discover what it was meant to be, Unfinished tasks you with following your creator’s pencil to learn more about his art. Along the way, you’ll have to collect other unfinished sketches that allow you to jump, run, and fly as you follow your creator, observe his newest creations, and listen to him struggle to complete his work. By the end, you’ll have learned more about not only the sketch you’ve been playing as, but also the artist who drew you.
Boasting artwork from over 25 different artists and a hybrid art style that pairs 2D animation with a 3D environment, Unfinished is currently available on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux.