Has a mirror ever made you unhappy, or changed the course of your day? This game is for you.
The Mirror is a metaphorical role-playing game about self-image, reflections, and reality. It's currently playable in a non-mobile browser and coming soon to iOS, Mac, and Windows. After its beta release in early 2016, The Mirror was Frontpaged on Newgrounds.com, and became an IndieCade 2016 Digital Selection. In 2017 it was featured by game industry mental health charity organization Take This, shown in the exhibit GameOn! The Art of Game Design at VALA, and Greenlit on Steam for a future release in 2018.
During the game, players adventure through multiple lives shaped by the stat-generation of a magic Mirror - but can the surface reflection of a Mirror really reveal the internal measure of an adventurer's talents and destiny? Every morning the player consults a magic mirror to get the RPG “stats” that determine their fated class: Warrior, Mage, Bard, or Thief. Only, no matter how hard they try, they aren’t a very strong warrior, intelligent mage, charismatic bard, or dexterous thief. When they discover that the Mirror always lies, they can finally reject its oppression and find freedom.
Its message of empowerment and body positivity is powerfully communicated through gameplay and interactive storytelling, connecting with people more deeply than similar non-interactive media. The Mirror's audience is anyone whose reflection has influenced how they feel about themselves. Images in media keep moving further away from what the average person sees in the mirror. Bodies are altered to make the biologically gifted even thinner, unnaturally poreless, and more ideal. Surrounded by unattainable images of perfection, we can't help feeling we're never good enough. The Mirror was created to help people move beyond negative self-image and its lies, learning to appreciate themselves for who they are.
What people are saying about The Mirror:
"Depth of the storyline, intriguing style, beautiful writing. A rare game, a piece of art." (Newgrounds.com)
"There are few games that brought tears to my eyes and made me want to hug the developer(s). This was one of them. The story was so beautiful, the quotes so inspiring it is impossible not to love it." (Newgrounds.com)
"This story was quite the eye opener for me. I loved the story it conveyed and how it allowed me to actually think about what kind of person I see in the mirror and how that image doesn't decide who I am. Thank you for making such an amazing game." (Newgrounds.com)
"Simply put, this game was amazingly well written, alongside with the stunning detail to attention..." (Newgrounds.com)
"...It's really a beauty of a game. And to anyone who claims this isn't a game, this is as much a game as anything else on here. Please be openminded and realize that games don't have to follow what's already been done, but can instead define what future games could be..." (Newgrounds.com)
"Wonderful game with alot of meaningful insight. Could be very useful to certain people who struggle with self image." (Newgrounds.com)
"...Fantastic game. A short little exercise in self imagery, confidence, freedom, and choice. Thank you for making this..." (Newgrounds.com)
"Really enjoyed this game and the overall message...It reminded me a bit of those 'choose your adventure' books. I also enjoyed the slow degradation of the opening scene as the game progressed, and the visuals at the end..." (Newgrounds.com)
"I loved the presentation! So beautiful, in the art and the quotes...it was just great." C.H., Montréal
"...it was nice to play something that felt like it was positive and reflective but wasn't too blatant/hard-boiled about the metaphor...really strong writing voice...a really neatly tied up experience..." K.C., Seattle
"...I think the lesson with resonate with me longer and have a real impact in my thoughts on self-image than just reading or hearing it from another source." D., Texas
"...pretty awesome and interesting I wrote to the mirror "im FREE!! peace out loser!" XD" (Newgrounds.com)
"...Mirror is awesome! It was super fun. The writing was excellent, humorous, and engaging..." M.L., Seattle
"Really like it a lot - found it moving!" A.K., Seattle
"It was a clever idea in the end, it nicely subverted the tropes I thought it was following. Like most wisdom, it's a message that has been communicated before...but it did a nice job of making it visceral." N.B., Seattle
"I loved this game and [its] message. It's simple, well [written] and very inspiring. Keep up with the great work." (Newgrounds.com)