Daniel Merlin Goodbrey‘s work “Icarus Needs” is a hypercomic adventure game staring everyone’s favourite mentally unhinged cartoonist, Icarus Creeps. He has fallen asleep playing videogames and become trapped inside a surreal dream world that’s part videogame and part comic strip. His girlfriend Kit has got trapped inside the same dream. Now Icarus needs to locate Kit, escape the clutches of the King of Squirrels and find some way back to the waking world. During the game, readers play as the main character, Icarus, to save Kit and defeat the King of Squirrels.
Actually, I am not the person who enjoyed these kind of E-lit pieces that are based on game systems, as I do not play any video games in my life. It is hard for me to get familiar with games and play with games usually. However, it is out of my expectation that the easiness of playing with “Icarus Needs”. All I need to do as a player is controlling the character to move up and down, left and right.
The character goes through different squares, being different plots, walks back and forth, in the purpose of getting all the things that are required to save Kit. For example, to find a key.
During the game, I found Icarus’s dialogues are really cute, witty, and relatable. I believe that the boys who play video games a lot must have heard these words from their mother.
For me personally, there used to be a period when I always had the same dream of myself falling down constantly for about a half month when I was in my high school. The dialogue here reminds me of those nights immediately.