after HOURS

after HOURS is a vignette, FMV game, that allows players a glimpse into the life of Lilith Gray – a young woman who was molested as a child and suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder as a result. By spending a night alone with Lilith in her bedroom and subsequently, her head, players learn Lilith’s story by adopting a double gaze: that of the player witnessing Lilith’s story and piecing together why she behaves and responds as she does and to an extent, the gaze of Lilith herself. This is achieved by having access to the voices in her head and the thoughts that respond to those voices. Hand drawn animations over the film serve to provide a more tactile experience of the game.

Studio: Emo Alien Cult
Country of origin: South Africa
Genre: Educational, Point & Click, Narrative Game
Single Player only
Release: 03/04/2020
Platforms: Desktop Computer (Windows), Desktop Computer (OS X)

Meet the Makers:

“My name is Bahiyya Khan and I created after HOURS with the help of 3 other people. I thought of the game concept, designed, wrote and directed the game, Claire Meekel did the cinematography and animation, Abi Meekel did the sound and Tim Flusk did the coding. We are all from South Africa. I make video games for social change and am currently doing my Masters in Film, Claire and Abi work as multidisciplinary artists and Tim lectures in game design.”

This game is part of the Ludicious Special Selection #ludicExplorations.