If you’re fed up of folks writing off video games as low culture trash, sit their highbrow arses down in front of The Tender Cut, a first-person point and clicker based on Un Chien Andalou.
Yes, some folks have made a game based on Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali’s nightmarish, surrealist masterpiece.
For those of you who’ve never seen the film or listened to the Pixies, Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) is a silent film from 1929.
Its 21-odd minutes are plotless, in the conventional sense. A man drags a pair of pianos topped with donkey cadavers across a room, an ant-infested hand is trapped in a door and a young woman appears to have her left eye sliced open.
There is no apparent reason for any of it, but despite being over 80 years old, it retains its power to shock, amuse and nauseate. This is the world St. Petersberg-based devs No, Thanks plunge you into, armed only with A, W, S, D keys and the left button of a mouse.
It’s essentially a locked room puzzle – you begin The Tender Cut seemingly immured in a room with a balcony and no obvious escape route. The key to your escape is literally right in front of you but, The Tender Cut isn’t really there to be ‘completed’.
You’ll get the most out of it if you enter with a curious mind and willingness to explore. Otherwise, you’ll just be playing a game where you stand on a balcony and smoke a cigarette.
You can download The Tender Cut for Windows and Mac from the developer’s site here.