There have been some brilliant games that have examined and confronted anxiety, depression and mental health matters in the last couple of years. Sea of Solitude is one that springs to mind and any quick look at the gaming and social forums will see you understanding that these issues are very present in the minds of many at this moment in time. Fractured Minds aims to delve into these topics, releasing on the Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC to shed a light on anxieties and to ensure that the playing audience take note, all while taking them on an immersive journey.
Available to download at a super cheap price point right now on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC, Fractured Minds was created by the immensely talented Emily Mitchell; a Bafta young game designer award winners. She created this game when she was just 17 years old, in the hope of raising awareness of mental health through the medium of games, showing how these issues can be communicated through this wonderful tool.
“I created Fractured Minds to help those who suffer from anxiety and other mental health issues feel they’re not alone,” said Emily Mitchell. “The effects of illness can be invisible from the outside, yet debilitating to those affected, so it’s important to continue raising awareness and offering support. I am grateful for the support I’ve received and want to help others however I can.”
For the price tag of just £1.79, yes, £1.79, Fractured Minds on Xbox One sees you heading off on an odyssey through the hufractrueman mind and psyche. There are six different areas, split over six chapters that each represent a different aspect of mental health worries. The game is a champion of empathy and understanding, and looks to support the millions living with these concerns. It also is a big supporter of the charity ‘Safe in Our World’ with a percentage of the proceeds going to them.
“Fractured Minds shows how great talent can develop incredible experiences that can change how we all feel and identify with mental health, which creates debate, empathy and allows us to walk in the shoes of others. Safe In Our World is honoured to be a beneficiary as we support Emily and her poignant project,” said Gina Jackson, Trustee for Safe In Our World. “We are passionate about shedding light and destigmatizing mental health conditions while helping the game playing and development community come together in support of one another.”
- BAFTA award-winning indie game exploring matters of mental health
- Interactive environments to overcome through challenges and puzzles across 6 levels, each inspired by real-life obstacles
- Explore the emotions surrounding emptiness, anxiety, depression and paranoia with hope
- Enjoy a rich and immersive soundtrack including “Silence” provided kindly by Kai Engel
- A thought-provoking experience about what it means to live with mental health
- Giving back via 80% of proceeds split equally between Emily Mitchell and Safe In Our World
If you are interested in these wonderful tale then Fractured Minds is available right now on Xbox One and the Xbox Store will allow you the chance to play out this immersive artistic game. You’ll also find it on PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC. We will have a full review up and live soon, so make sure you read it. In the meantime the comments section is down below – let us know if this new tale is one you’ll be checking out.
Fractured Minds is an immersive artistic short game, exploring anxiety and mental health issues. Winner of the BAFTA Young Game Designers Award, Fractured Minds is a game created by Emily Mitchell, then 17-years-old, with the hope of aiding understanding and awareness of mental illness. Embark on a journey through the human psyche and experience six atmospheric and thought-provoking chapters, each symbolising a different aspect or challenge associated with mental health issues; from isolation to anxiety, with everyday situations being distorted beyond recognition. Raw, emotive and earnest, Fractured Minds demonstrates that video games are capable of communicating vital messages in imaginative ways. It is a game that seeks to encourage empathy and champion support for the millions living with mental health issues. Wired Productions is proud to support Safe In Our World, a gaming industry charity striving for mental health awareness. 80% of the proceeds will help fund Emily’s career as well as future initiatives from Safe In Our World.