Alt-Frequencies is an audio-based narrative mystery game taking place between multiple radio stations. Its gameplay is mostly based on narrative puzzles players have to solve to progress through their investigation. Players can browse between several radio stations to listen to their broadcasts. They can record clips of what they hear and isolate information, and then send recorded clips to other stations, which might influence the world. The story explores real-world situations and daily interactions and aims at raising awareness about a social issue, namely our relationship with mainstream media and the treatment of information.
Built-in accessibility features that make the game available to a wide range of people – including blind and visually impaired players. Moreover, audio as a material for narrative experience has been quite popular in podcasts and audio novels in the past decade however, digital games have still a lot to explore to offer high-quality interactive experiences. We wanted to achieve compelling storytelling which blurs the lines between the fantastical and the everyday while examining our relationship with mainstream media through the prism of radio stations. The makers aimed to create a new kind of narrative game, unlike any they’ve played.
Studio: Accidental Queens / @AccidentalQ
Country of origin: France
Single Player only
Platforms:Desktop Computer (Windows), Desktop Computer (OS X), Mobile Phone (iOS), Mobile Phone (Android), Tablet (iOS), Tablet (Android)
Meet the Makers:
“Accidental Queens is a French video game development studio initially founded by three women from the games industry. They seek to create games featuring new mechanics, exploring topics from everyday life and social questions, through innovative narrative tools. They believe digital games can be entertaining but also convey social values and meaningful messages to a broad and diverse audience.”
This game is part of the Ludicious Special Selection #ludicExplorations.