The Shutdown was created/designed in order to take part in this Game Idea competition by the HGDA (stands for Hellenic Game Developers Association).
More info (in greek), here!
The hero is a female young woman who for medical reasons spent the night in the hospital. When she woke up in the next morning, she realized that everybody was acting differently and totally weird. Her own mother who was laying in the hospital couch’s near her, seemed totally shutdown. She started wondering around visiting all the familiar places- her university where she usually spends most of her time, the music store where her boyfriend works, her house etc, only to found out that everybody she knew and didn’t know, looked like mesmerized. The communication with all her beloved ones seems to end up in dead end discussions, always including references in applications/social media/urls etc.
Only when she meets an underground anarchist group called “The Awakers”, she will found out what have happened. The truth as it was revealed to her was that in the night she got food poisoning a surprising announcement was made by CIGA (Central Internet Governing Authority)- the levathian company who had the ultimate monopoly of internet. According to this announcement, the company would give free internet connection to everybody. The only thing that they had to do was to enter a 10digit password that was given at the announcement and connect with the main CIGA’s digital signal. What happened next thought cannot be described in plain words- a true digital attack. When somebody entered the 10digit password, a sudden flash appeared that aimed at the brain grey matter- the center of psychiatric disorders. What that flash did, was that it triggered a dangerous psychopathological illness- the internet addiction. So in just one night everybody turned into some kind of internet junkies, living and breathing online, denouncing their physical presence and indulge themselves in the virtual world. A virtual world which was under the total economical and political control of CIGA.
The only way to stop CIGA’s rule over people, was to go at CIGA’s headquarters, find the main unit and turn the switch off- something that will automatically shutdown all the internet connections , “resetting” all peoples’ brains back to normal. Sounds simple enough?. Even if you find the main unit which is overly guarded , the switch is being locked up. In order to unlock it you have to solve a puzzle in exact 1 minute…or else the alarm will be triggered and you will be captured.
The Shutdown its a 2D, free to play, point and click adventure game about the overconsuming digital era, the social media mania and the recent tendency of medicalizing internet usage. It can be a flash game.
Our hero after spending the night in hospital, is facing a new strange reality; Everybody acts like emotional zombies.
During the game the hero finds herself in a constant moral dilemma to follow the mainstream or not, while the goal is to find out what happened and decide whether she would save the world or let herself plunge into the new social reality.