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Please Knock on My Door and It Will Open on Sept 7th

Please Knock on My Door and It Will Open on Sept 7th

Please Knock on My Door and It Will Open on Sept 7th

Expand your personal horizons with this socially relevant adventure


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Gaming with a Heart

Levall Games is a small indie team based in Karlshamn, Sweden. The group seeks to “create products inspired by contemporary issues, aiming to shine a light on challenging topics using the explorative aspects of digital games and interactive experiences.” They have tackled the difficult reality of life with depression and social anxiety in the game Please Knock on My Door, which launches September 7th for Windows on Steam  and Origin. Over 3 years in the making, this appears to be a deeply personal project for Levall Games. As one developer notes, “I truly believe that through entertainment, we are able to understand topics that would otherwise be too foreign for us.”

Levall Games is not the first to tackle a tough social issue using gaming as a vehicle. Earlier this year, Platonic Partnerships portrayed the impact of addiction on the family in Lydia.  While serious topics may not be entertaining in the traditional sense, it is important for all of us to try and understand the world from another’s point of view. Games like Please Knock on My Door and Lydia have important stories to tell for those gamers willing to take their thrill-seeker hats off and turn up the setting on their ability to empathize.

A Day in the Life of Someone Else  

Please Knock on My Door is a 2D “top down” adventure that spends time with a character living with depression and social anxiety. It was written and designed by Michael Levall and features a soundtrack by Ola Backstrom. Artwork was created by Henrik Giang and Christopher Levalli.

The game will be driven by dialog and player choices that impact the outcome of story. It will be fully narrated, with multiple endings. Instead of saving the world, your job will be trying to save the day for a person who is suffering.

Cindy Kyser

Cindy Kyser

Cindy’s love affair with gaming began when she opened a mailbox in front of a white house and took the first step in a long series of adventures. ‘Back in the day,’ Cindy was a regular contributor to JA and an active member of the online gaming community. She has attended several E3s and has had the pleasure of spending time in person with both Ray and Randy. Her all- time favorite adventures include the Tex Murphy series, the Gabriel Knight series, and The Longest Journey. She also enjoys RPGs and her list of ‘best ever’ includes Fallout, Asheron’s Call, and Planescape Torment. Â Frustrated with the cost of rising PC system requirements, Cindy decided to switch to console and tablet gaming. Although you can teach some old dogs new tricks, she discovered that console controller dexterity is a skill set that she is lacking. Her results with tablet gaming were not much better. With the exception of a few gems such as The Room and Forever Lost, there is a limit to how much one can play Candy Crush and Hidden Object Adventures. Having proved that pure escapism is worth the investment, she has a new gaming laptop and is back to her search for the perfect adventure. Â After spending most of her life in Los Angeles and Atlanta, Cindy escaped the stress of urban life and moved to rural Arkansas. To show that she has become a true Arkansan, she has taken up deer hunting, wears pink camo, and put a chicken coop in her backyard. On a stressful day, she can be heard yelling ‘Woo Pig Sooie’ when all else fails.

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