January 29, 2013 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan
Developers Cat Musgrove and Issam Khalil have teamed up to produce Crush, a free Unity-based browser game that simulates the anxiety and panic one experiences when attempting to speak with one's crush.
Developed as part of the recently concluded Global Game Jam, Crush is a short experience in which players must wade through a crowd and approach a spotlighted blue cube, though anxiety manifests itself throughout and sabotages your intentions. Despite the unusual premise and gameplay, Musgrove assures that the game is possible to finish.
"Crush is a simple prototype that explores the idea of anxiety," Musgrove explains. "We were trying to recreate some of what I've been feeling. Perhaps in breaking down the pieces that make up a panic attack, simplifying them and creating a system, I can learn something about what is happening to me."