Video games and poetry don’t often mix, and when they do it can be a relatively underwhelming affair. Since poetry is a fairly niche demographic when applied to gamers as a whole, only a handful of people will appreciate it properly. Mazurka – A Ghost in Italy is something that everyone should at least try to experience, because it’s so well done.
As an interactive poem, it relies heavily on the player actually caring about what they’re reading first, but thankfully the opening screen is very welcoming. “I hate the Mazurka” – The cryptic first sentence of this, fairly lengthy, poem gives no hints as to what it is or who’s even speaking. Assuming the player allows profanity, reading this is actually an intense experience once you get to the finale, but either way, the arrows that point to the next page beg to be pressed.
Long story short, Mazurka – A Ghost in Italy is about a man who’s struggling with the idea of living in a new city, forcing him to withdraw from the world at first. It’s an interesting look into the mind of someone with anxiety, and who has to cope with the stress of new experiences, such as dancing with a partner. Even if poetry isn’t your thing, you would be remiss to not give it a chance. Due to the minimal interaction, you may no even agree that it should be considered a game. As a piece of art, however, it’s a resounding look into those with a different view of the world.
Genres: Experimental, Narrative
Release date: 11/16/2016
Publisher: Xalavier Nelson Jr.
Developer: Xalavier Nelson Jr.