What Happened

Genius Slackers, Sourena Game Studio, KATNAPPE SP. Z O. O.

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
58
Top Critic Average
40%
Critics Recommend
Based on 10 critic reviews
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What Happened

Rating Summary

Based on 10 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

58

Top Critic Average

40%

Critics Recommend

Based on 10 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCJul 30, 2020

Developer: Genius Slackers

Publishers: Sourena Game Studio, KATNAPPE SP. Z O. O.

Genres: Adventure, Horror

“What Happened puts you in the shoes of high-school student Stiles, a teenage boy suffering from acute anxiety and depression. You must guide him through the dark and twisted corridors of his own sub-conscious, with his fate depending entirely on your empathy with his tortured state of mind.” Psychological thriller in which you guide high school student Stiles on an uncompromising journey through his troubled teenage mind. Unique first person perspective on an individual’s journey through anxiety and depression. Densely atmospheric world of waking nightmares infused with distorted memories. Environmental puzzles and cues guide you through the twisted corridors of Stiles’ mind. The empathy you show for the character will subtly affect the outcome of his journey.

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What Happens is an interesting and mostly successful addition to the growing field of games that focus on mental health issues. Most of what it sets out to do works well despite the glaring issues with polish and acting ability. There were moments which were more successful than others and it would benefit from making it clearer where alternative approaches were available. It is clear that Genius Slackers' ambition is greater than their abilities but I applaud the attempt to use gaming for such a vital and powerful message.

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More often than not, What Happened is a better sight-seeing trip than it is an exploration of anxiety and depression.

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A more succinct journey would have been more effective, and some gameplay elements don’t quite pay off, but to say it’s been created by a small team, What Happened deserves to be praised.

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Having someone tripping on LSD for an entire game was not the wisest move. Depicting someone in an altered state of reality or suffering from mental health issues can be very tough to pull off without being offensive. That being said, it has been done before.

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