What if your relationship with a celebrity meant that you could not leave your one-room apartment home? What if the only way you could find out about the outside world was through what you could gather from television, radio, and the people in adjacent apartments? What if you were…a marshmallow?
This is the intriguingly bizarre state of affairs in the newly-released point-and-click adventure Maggie’s Apartment, developed by CalArts student Anatola Howard and Duncan Cross. The game takes place within a single room, the eponymous apartment of Maggie Mallowne. Centered on Maggie’s “mysterious involvement with superstar Randy Rosebud,” players are tasked with uncovering “the mysterious celebrity conspiracies of the outside world by talking to her neighbors through her apartment walls,” as well as answering the question of why she is “locked” in the apartment in the first place.
The pastel-heavy, comic-style graphics are as quirky as the premise, and are entirely hand-drawn by the developer. Throughout the game, players will meet and interact with a variety of “wild personalities” including Mrs. Marinara, Hector Cheese, and Beauty the radish. Maggie’s Apartment is “heavily built on dialogue,” but also promises to include “unique animations that match actions and item combinations” players can make during gameplay.
Those interested in investigating the strange world of Maggie’s Apartment may do so now on Windows through Steam. More information about the game can be found at the official website.