A new game from the mind behind Monument Valley explores the highs and lows of a young woman’s first love. Florence is the debut project of Ken Wong’s Melbourne-based Mountains studio.
Florence tells the story of Florence Yeoh, a 25 year old woman who feels stuck in a rut until she meets Krish. From flirting to fighting, the game covers Florence and Krish’s tumultuous journey of young love.
“With Florence, we wanted to explore through game design what it’s like to feel stuck, to fall in love, to miss someone,” said Mountains Creative Director Ken Wong. “Love is such a universal experience, but something we hadn’t seen explored very much in the form of a game.”
Mountains is a self-described craft games studio based out of The Arcade in Melbourne.
Wong feels “like mobile games can be more intimate, because we play them by touching our personal devices that we carry with us all the time, even into bed. So Florence is really designed around this intimate, touch screen presentation.”
Each chapter of Florence uses the touch screen to explore different parts of Florence and Krish’s relationship in a style that draws inspiration from ‘slice of life’ graphic novels.
“What touch screen interaction could mimick the sensation of first date nervousness? How can we turn your boyfriend moving into your apartment into a minigame?
A demo of Florence will be playable this weekend at PAX Australia in the Annapurna Interactive booth.
The full game is scheduled for release on Apple devices in 2018.