Free experimental game
Made with Unity, this 3D atmospheric simulation game is an artistic journey. Essentially free, although donations are appreciated, Give Me Strength is an intrapersonal experience in another person's thoughts. Specifically, the game takes place in the thoughts of James Poole, who created the game. You can follow this game and its creator on Twitter. It’s also supported by Creative Ireland and the Limerick Arts Council.
While the graphics are simple, the themes behind the program aren’t. Players who enjoy this game will find some similarities with Paratopic, Haikyuu Otome and Start Again: a prologue. Unlike those games, Give Me Strength takes a much greater developmental risk. Developed for macOS, Linux and Windows, it has a great original soundtrack by Laura Ryder.
Unlike anything else
Total playtime for this game is short. Players can expect to complete the experience in less than 20 minutes. There’s no need to have special controllers or other access tools. A standard keyboard is sufficient. Linux users, unlike macOS or Windows, may experience some problems panning a full 360 degrees. Otherwise, most glitches in the game are tolerable.
At less than 360MB, the game won’t take up an excessive amount of space on your HDD. The download could take a few minutes, but the startup isn’t time-consuming. If the game doesn’t immediately run for macOS users, there are troubleshooting instructions available directly from the creator.
While the images are in 3D, there aren’t many details to the game. You walk or float around landscapes, while there are limited colours to keep your eyes interested. You also won’t find a variety of objects as you explore someone else’s thoughts. It feels like the developer was merely trying something new with this concept.
Strength to strength
As a 3D thought experiment, Give Me Strength achieves its goal. If you try out this software, it can feel like an intimate journey through someone else's mind. Players will find interaction with the thoughts of another person to be a deeper take on role-playing.
Considering both the low cost and time investments required to enjoy it, Give Me Strength is worth a look.