TENUOUS:CITY: Explore a World on the Way to Its End in this Interactive Music Album Game
Updated: Nov 13, 2021
TENUOUS:City is a short first-person exploration and simulation indie game that was produced by Modus Interactive and published on November 10th of this year, on the indie gaming platform itch.io. TENUOUS:City is a game, so to speak, unlike any other ever produced by Modus Interactive: it was produced having as its theme a music album produced by Modus himself, with the same name. Each song was produced using samples taken from and inspired by "GERMS: Nerawareta Machi", an obscure survival horror game produced for the PSX in 1999, which features concepts of body horror and surrealism inspired by the works of David Cronenberg, David Lynch and Shin 'ya Tsukamoto.
The idea behind the game is simply to explore a strange world while listening to the songs. Each of them represents each of the seven locations on the map (Terminal, Harbor, Factory, Tower, Ravine, Kuromachi and Shrine). Upon entering one of these locations, you should explore it, looking for a special stone (which closely resembles Kokiri's Emerald, from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time). Furthermore, the story is kind of constructed by talking to a kind of protector (or just a citizen) who roams each of these places. The graphics are very inspired by the first PSX games (ie the beginnings of 3D graphics, where they still didn't reach the hardware limitations), the gameplay is very simple, there's not much to say here, you just move around and use the camera to look everywhere. The biggest point right here is the interactive promotion of the actual music album.
You can check out both the gameplay of TENUOUS:City and the musical album of the same name produced by Modus Interactive by clicking on the links below. If you are interested, the game can also be downloaded from the itch.io page below.
CHECK OUT THE GAMEPLAY HERE: https://youtu.be/xrb1pqtkOno
DOWNLOAD THE GAME HERE: https://modus-interactive.itch.io/tenuouscity
CHECK OUT THE "TENUOUS:City" MUSIC ALBUM HERE: https://modusinteractive.bandcamp.com/album/tenuous-city