Sea of Solitude is a haunting game that turns personal demons into literal monsters

People often describe dealing with mental health issues as fighting demons — in Sea of Solitude, that phrase becomes literal. The game, from German studio Jo-Mei Games and EA’s Originals publishing label, is a brief but haunting adventure where you travel through the mind of a young woman named Kay. It’s a place that shifts between a beautiful seascape and a dark, nightmarish world, as Kay attempts to come to terms with a series of traumas from throughout her life. The world itself is shaped by her life experiences, and the game’s real challenge comes from watching how things unfold.

Sea of Solitude starts out with Kay in near-complete darkness in what appears to be a sunken city. “I haven’t seen the sun in… I don’t remember,” she…

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