Sara and Death
The antidote to Candy Crush: Sara and Death
Sara and Death combines philosophy and mobile-gaming, two different ends of the spectrum – and it does it well! Sara and Death is a puzzle game made for iOS and Android, designed on Unity. Rocco Salvetti was inspired in part by the Seventh Seal, a 1957 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and in part by Rocco’s experiences in London over the last few years. Sara and Death has a real personal touch to it enhanced by the fact that the game is free, has no adds and no in-app purchases.
I wanted something that could be played by any casual gamer yet be challenging and I wanted it to be a poetry-driven game. In the original design there were few chapters, each one of them dedicated to a different poet or philosopher and their point of view on love. Despite the predominant cliché in media, we all know love isn’t simple and isn’t forever. It is a complicated experience. Then I changed my mind and decided not to hide behind someone elses words; if I had a point to make, it had to come from my own words. I wrote my own story. – Rocco Salvetti
The basics of the game is you have to match up squares of the same colour. You need 4 or more to make them disappear. The game modes range from having to destroy white panels using the rhomboids (they are like the supernova gem in Bejewelled) in a certain amount of turns or having to reach a set score. Each chapter of the game must be completed to unlock the rest of the story. So while you play, you learn the story of Sara and come across new, thought-provoking philosophical concepts. It’s a fun, clever and time-consuming game, while not being mindless or pointless. I’d recommend giving it a go, especially since it’s completely free. It’s a touching story about love and its complexities that is able to capture your imagination. It’s now available on the App Store and on Google Play.