The Sun Stands Still is a ground-breaking art game commissioned by the Genesis Foundation from award-winning literary author and luminary in the world of games, Naomi Alderman. Part of the Genesis Foundation’s ongoing series of Stabat Mater commissions, The Sun Stands Still, and its depiction of a turning point from darkness to light, is inspired by the Stabat Mater that exemplifies hope even when we think there is none. The Winter Solstice is indeed the shortest day of the year, but that means that the following day will be that bit brighter and the one after that brighter still. The game is distributed for free via the web for either Mac or PC.
Naomi Alderman is the co-creator of the immersive best-selling fitness game Zombies, Run!, lead writer on Perplex City and writes a regular column on gaming for The Observer. The Sun Stands Still comprises nine levels where the user is in control of a smoke-character and a list of tasks to perform – things to pick up and use. To do these things they’ll need to turn on various lights in their environment. As time goes on, the tasks become progressively more difficult to achieve.
To read more about the project, please read the press release.
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