Sluggish Morss: Pattern Circus delves into the existences of eight different beings, all affected by “a temporal interference phenomenon”, and has you seek meaning and connection within their narratives.
You will find yourself taking on the roles of a hunter, a dreamer, an artist, a child; a racer, a fighter, a scientist and a detective in this new work from Jack King-Spooner, creator of Dujanah (and many more thoughtful titles you should look into). Each follows their own story of tribulations and secret meanings as you walk with them through a moment in their lives. Through minigames, dialogues with other characters, wanderings through the lands they inhabit, and more, you’ll steadily create a picture of who these people are to you.
Sluggish Morss: Pattern Circus uses a claymation art style that is both tactile and extremely unsettling, creating a unique sense of connection and aversion at the same time. It feels distant and surreal, yet so close you could reach out and touch it – as if it were within your own existence. It seems to seek a connection with the player, yet lays bare horrors we would rather not look at. Given the self-reflection much of King-Spooner’s work inspires, it feels well at home with their body of work.
With a narrative told between eight people you can control and involve yourself with, Sluggish Morss: Pattern Circus aims to offer some complex exploration of story and time, while also giving you mixed feelings about what you’re seeing and experiencing. In other words, more excellent work from King-Spooner to look forward to.
The developers of Sluggish Morss: Pattern Circus are currently raising funds for its creation on Kickstarter.