What Happened, a psychological thriller by developer Genius Slackers, tells the story of high school student Stiles. He suffers daily with acute anxiety and depression. Despite the few things high schoolers have to deal with, we seldom address their mental health. This is where titles like What Happened in. While it is a video game, it is players’ empathy that drives the story forward.
Through an LSD-fueled drug trip, Stiles must navigate a maze of his internal demons. Be wary of the choices you make, for they will shape the outcome of your game. It is your duty to aid the boy and steer him away from destroying himself.
Stiles will have to face his fears and distorted memories in the form of demons and bloodthirsty beasts. They may not always be real, but they can indeed hurt him.
Genius Slackers, developers of What Happened, said this about the direction they took, “We had an impossible task in front of us but we pushed through. Our struggles, hardships and anxieties will be reflected in every corner of Stiles’ world.”
What Happened is a psychological adventure title that deals with sensitive issues. Players will take on environmental puzzles and be guided by certain in-game cues.
Genius Slackers touched on anxiety and depression with their title. But they address other things as well. Because the game also deals with subjects such as self-mutilation, developers recommend children stay away from this title. While subject matter is more geared towards adults, some adults may find it triggering.
What Happened is now out on Steam. Because it is the first week of release, the Genius Slackers title is currently on a 10% discount. This promotion ends on August 6th.
Will you steel your resolve and help Stiles navigate his nightmarish subconscious? Let us know in the comments.