Mandagon is a little game with a big heart. In Mandagon, you explore a world inspired by Tibetan theology and philosophy. The game focuses on themes of life and death, and you will discover what it means to make a real sacrifice. It’s probably something more meaningful than sacrificing that second morning coffee to arrive at work on time.
Mandagon takes place in Bardo, the Tibetan word for limbo or in-between state. As you progress through the 2-D non-linear environment, you learn what brought you here and what forces motivate you through the journey. It is a narrative driven experience with an immersive world built from atmospheric sounds and pixelated art.
The good news about Mandagon is that it’s released this week and is free. It takes around half an hour to complete. If you have some spare time or an interest in Tibetan culture, then you should try it out.
Mandagon is developed by Blind Sky Studios based in Cardiff, UK. You can learn more about the game on Steam right here.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane