I discovered Life is Strange about three years after its release. (Despite having a subscription to Entertainment Weekly that won’t go away, I’m rarely up on current entertainment.)
The advantage to this is that I was able to download all five episodes of Life is Strange at once, and didn’t have to wait for the next episode to be released.
Then, as I finished Life is Strange, I learned that Episode One of the sequel, Life is Strange 2, is due out in September.
Then, this week, the creators of Life is Strange, Dontnod Entertainment and Square Enix, released a new game, for free (!), named The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. So I downloaded it. I started playing it this evening.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is set in the same universe as Life is Strange, and is somehow tied into Life is Strange 2. Judging by how small the download was, it’s going to be a quick game.
I’ve purposely avoided game play videos, and written reviews, so I can go into it with a blind sense of discovery.
You play the game as Chris, a 10-year-old boy in Beaver Creek, Oregon. He lives with his alcoholic father, who tries to be supportive of Chris when he’s sober, but there are signs that he’s abusive when he’s not. The mother is out of the picture, but I haven’t discovered why, yet.
Chris apparently has only imaginary friends. He also has an active imagination. He spends his Saturday, at the beginning of the game, pretending to be a superhero named Captain Spirit. He may, or may not, have actual super powers.
Captain Spirit has the same look and feel of Life is Strange. It also has the same decision-based game play. (I love that I got to help Chris design Captain Spirit’s costume.)
The controls for Life is Strange were not very intuitive. The controls for Captain Spirit are different, and even less intuitive. That’s my only grumble.
I’m looking forward to this adventure.