Ludum Dare 39: HE BEAT HER.

“HE BEAT HER.” by Angela He.

“You’re a lawyer, and your client is being accused of abuse. You only have 5 minutes until the verdict. You’re practically powerless.What will you do in those minutes? And can your actions make a difference?Find the truth. Serve justice. […] A mystery interactive story[.]”

First of all, I have to say that the whole artwork and the music in “HE BEAT HER.” is simply amazing. The Ludum Dare debut of Angela He is absolutely stunning, so that it’s nearly unbelievable that she accomplished such a great game in such a short time.

But what is the game about? Well, I’ve got to put some spoilers in this recommendation – you were warned, dear reader! In this interactive novel you have to find out the truth behind a crime case. Your client is accused of physical as well as psychic abuse towards his ex girlfriend. But as soon as you might find out more, you’ll discover that this whole case is more complex than it may seem at first sight…

It’s a story about (a very extreme case of) bipolar disorder, abuse and downtrodden memories. But I’ve got a personal core point of criticism for this game, though: For people who know absolutely nothing about bipolar people, “HE BEAT HER.” might draw a wrong image about affected people. While Angela He claims that she based the game on a true story of one of her friends (and I totally believe her!), I think the game should provide a bit more information about the disorder, so that it doesn’t stand a chance to possibly contributing to the already existing stigmatization of bipolar persons.

But all criticism aside: “HE BEAT HER.” is a wonderful piece of work and I have to recommend you all to play it. Let’s see if you can see what it’s all really about. >>PLAY