A MAZE. / Berlin 2021

10th International Games and Playful Media Festival

Ascension: A MIDI Pathway to Enlightenment

by Arman Ataman (UK)

Genre: 2d Platformer

Ascension is a 2D platformer game which, incorporates MIDI protocols into its gameplay. This means that players can connect external synthesizers(USB supported), or choose from different in game synthesizers giving them control over the audio of the game. Ascension is not goal oriented game, but creates opportunities for reflective experiences. It aims to communicate philosophical themes influenced by authors such as Herman Hesse, Henry David Thoureu, Nietzche, Graham Harman and Federico Campagna. In the narrative of the game we witness a mans journey to seek enlightenment. The journey to enlightenment is not a direct path but through the sum of different contemplative experiences.

Platform: Mac, PC