Middens


  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 4.6/5 (26 votes)
| Comments (6) | Views (386)

MiddensJohnBAfter playing John Clowder's Middens, you might ask yourself the following question: what just happened? Calling this adventure/RPG "surreal" is a bit like saying a hike to the moon would be a bit of a trek. You start off with a talking gun who reminds you that each time you pull the trigger, its tongue will be close enough to lick your nails. Then you're dropped in the Rift, a place where... well, who knows what's going on there. The surprising part is Middens actually begins to make sense after a while, though your first experience with the game will be filled with delightful, bewildered confusion.

Move using the [arrow] keys, initiate conversations and confirm actions by tapping the [spacebar], and bring up the menu screen with [x]. Battles are turn-based and will be somewhat recognizable for anyone who has played an RPG. Don't expect simple "Attack" or "Defend" menu options, though. Instead, Middens is all about "Trigger" and "Prowess", commands that roughly correspond to simple actions but are still a bit out there at first glance. Also, you can summon battle companions named Lam, Yam, and Om. We'll let the game explain that one to you on your own.

We won't risk telling you anything additional about this swirling collection of concepts and dreamlike visions that is Middens. We will say there are two different endings, collectible nemotodes, hundreds of pieces of original artwork (both pixel and watercolor images), and pieces of dialogue taken from occult sources and the last words of serial killers. The game is an experience, one that will probably delight and shock you all at the same time.

WindowsWindows:
Get the free full version

Mac OS XMac OS X:
Not available.
Try Boot Camp or Parallels or CrossOver Games.

6 Comments

John Clowder's Middens seemingly evokes the uncanny debate about video games being art in this wild experience. As stated in an interview, he claims that one should step into the middens world, not seeing it as a game, but as a journey with RPG elements. It's difficult to put into words on how to describe this surreal adventure since everyone will experience it differently. In playing it, one piece of famous art come to my mind and that's
Ren Magritte's - "This is not a pipe."
Both are works of art that challenges the way you think and feel philosophically about the world around you.

Being tossed into this world, you will feel lost without a sense of direction at first (much like Yume Nikki) but the story will unravel as you explore. Middens is mostly about exploration and if I can offer one piece of advice, don't feel compelled to map out this world, it's near impossible and fretting over mapping it may ruin your experience.
Enjoy the game for what it is as it's dark underlining story slowly pulls you deeper into the rift where John has creatively hand crafted all of the art himself.

Minor tips (also included in the readme)

-Use items sparingly as there are no "shops" in the game.

-Targets that are fought do not return. Remember this.

-Vermis are powerful but sacred.

-Save to replenish your health.

-Frequently exploit your proxies. They will level up as you do and often accrue new skills.
(Lam is physically powerful. Om is gifted in healing and Yam is gifted in malice)

-Don't let all that 'nothing' weigh you down.

-Remember your guitar. It can manipulate most anything.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

By the way, this is a hidden gem and you all need to play it now. Go! HURRY!!!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Hey, is anyone else having trouble finding the "talent menu"? I feel like I am missing something obvious, but I can't locate the guitar...sigh.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Yay!!! Thank you so much for the help :D

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Cool! Btw, there is also a Mac version of Middens, as stated in the news section of the game's official website. It's available through several websites; just google middens+mac+game

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
Find the Escape-Men Part 121: Appetite for Fall Food> Dora You and your friend were enjoying a day at the fall festival when they vanished, and after finding them you discover they've gotten themselves trapped in the bathroom, thus providing you ample teasing opportunity for years to come. Hunt around for items and solve puzzles, and of course find the ten little green men to escape!  ...
Faraway Kingdom - Dragon Raiders> Dora When your kingdom is destroyed by a dragon, it's up to you to rebuild it and train an army in this gorgeous free-to-play iOS fantasy RPG/simulation that calls Tiny Tower to mind. With a light, unobtrusive in-app purchase system and a generous amount of in-game rewards, it keeps players coming back for its simple, fun gameplay without ever putting the squeeze on their wallet.  ...
1,086 Views
8 Comments
Assembots> Dora You've been put in charge of a factory that makes little robots, and it's your job to program each one to help the rest get to the exit safely in this charming logic puzzle game!  ...
Kingdom of Liars: Stonepath> Tricky Two of Hyptosis' most popular point-and-click adventure series finally crossover in Kingdom of Liars: Stonepath, featuring characters from The Hood. Kingdom of Liars: Stonepath succeeds in expanding the Lorestrome world, while focusing its ongoing plot. backed by the gorgeous art and clever writing Hyptosis is known for.  ...

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Riddles of Fate: Memento Mori

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2014 JayIsGames.com. All Rights Reserved.


Visit our great partner: maxcdn!