Mango Protocol, the developer behind dark adventure Agatha Knife, isn’t worried about the game being controversial. The satirical point and click game looks at religion, animal rights issues and stars a seven year old girl as its lead character.
Agatha Knife is just one title in a wave of point and click adventures not shying away from divisive or controversial topics, with Cherrymochi’s Tokyo Dark also set to tackle tricky issues too.
Agatha Knife Dev on Controversy, Getting Players to ‘Think’
In Agatha Knife, players assume the role of Agatha, a seven year old girl who suffers from insomnia. The character’s big problem is that although she loves the animals in her mother’s butcher shop, she has an “unwavering” love of eating meat.
So, aiming to get around this dilemma, Agatha sets about creating her very own religion, called ‘Carnivorism.’ With her newly founded religion, the star of Agatha Knife will try to “convince the animals that the sacrifice of their flesh is the secret to eternal happiness.”
With its light, anime style and plenty of humour, Agatha Knife aims to “poke fun” at controversial topics such as animal rights, religion and more. In an email, Barcelona-based developer Mango Protocol tells me that it hopes that “the complex topics in our game cause people to stop and think, or think about something in a different way that they haven’t previously before.”
The developer is “really proud” that its game “does not present any opinion as “the good one” or “the right one”, we just place characters and a narrative in front of you and let you decide whose side you are on, and what feels like the right thing to you.”
The decision not to take a stance on these issues – and even the decision to feature these issues in the game at all – could be divisive but Mango Protocol isn’t “worried” at all about players getting upset. “If Agatha Knife didn’t exist, they would always find an excuse to fight over,” it says.
“The truth is that almost every joke, situation, and character you will find on the game, is based on someone we know, on our own experiences, or even on discussions we often face in our daily lives.”
Agatha Knife is out today on Windows PC, Mac and Linux via Steam.