What do you get when an internet-famous meme creator is wildly inspired by the writings of Carl Jung? Through the Gorge, of course! This retro-style choose-your-own-adventure game has been wildly successful on Kickstarter. With over 800 backers and $5,000 over their goal, this is one indie success you’ll want to keep an eye on.
According to Brother Abernathy, the developer behind the project:
This is a text and image-based choose-your-own-adventure game with many possible endings that tells the story of the absurdity, tragedy, and triumph of finding one’s way… through the gorge…The game is an exploration of what strange things someone might find if they did enter the gorge, what might confront them inside, and how they might make their way out to reach the castle – if they have what it takes.
Through the Gorge is heavily inspired by the story of a recurring dream in Carl Jung’s book The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. As depicted in the opening moments of the trailer, Jung’s story focuses on a man who stands before a gorge, the sounds of rushing water echo from its depths, and a castle sits in the distance on a high hill. The only way to get to the castle is to venture deep into the gorge and face the terrors within.
The trailer above details a few of the hilarious, yet curious, interactions you can expect in Through the Gorge. Brother Abernathy doesn’t go into too much detail on the Kickstarter page, but he does warn that the text-and-image-based game will hold you accountable for your choices. So, be wary of how you respond to the Rat Lord’s invitation to a sewer meal!
If you’re as intrigued and excited about this as I am, the Kickstarter is still open! As of this writing, there are still ten days left for pledges. After careful consideration, BA has decided against stretch goals in order to make Through the Gorge the best it can be. That being said, the game already looks pretty promising; so, I’m ok with that.
As of right now, the release is slated for sometime in 2019 and will be solely available on PC upon release.