More and more lately, developers have begun realizing the medium's potential for exploring serious themes that are anything but fun and games. The latest such endeavour is Anate Studio's Little Kite, a point-and-click adventure "about one tragic evening [for] an unsuccessful family, when emotions and tensions are simply too high to manage."
Little Kite follows the travails of a woman named Mary and her son Andrew. Following the death of her first husband, Mary wed again "in an attempt to create a full-fledged family for her son. But everyday, problems consume the new husband and he finds his solace in alcohol." Mary attempts to keep the peace through "patience and inaction, so habitual and convenient for everyone but little Andrew," but when "domestic violence becomes commonplace," this highly dysfunctional family finally reaches a crisis point, a "point where [Mary] needs to make a bold decision."
If the concept, and perhaps even the game title sound vaguely familiar, that's because Little Kite is based on a 2012 freeware adventure called The Kite. The new commercial game, however, has been "completely redone" with "new engine, art, characters and storyline." This version will explore two different settings with their own unique atmospheres, including the real world and a fantasy world of Andrew's imagination, each presented in a crisp hand-painted art style. Players will guide both Mary and Andrew with traditional third-person point-and-click controls, and there will be "a lot of puzzles with different difficulties" to solve along the way.
If you're up for an emotionally-charged adventure that tackles uncomfortable themes rarely explored in interactive format, Little Kite is available now on Steam for Windows and Mac.