About CLOSED HANDS
CLOSED HANDS is an experimental and political video game that explores the complex effects of extremism on a range of cultures and communities. This interactive digital story may also challenge your perception of what a video game is and the complex subjects games can lend themselves to.
CLOSED HANDS examines the lead-up and aftermath of a terror attack in a fictional UK city, through the lens of five core characters and dozens of other lives brought together by the same event. The attack itself is intentionally never depicted, leaving the game to draw a complex picture of the reasons why it occurred, and the long-lasting effects it had on people, communities, and the city itself.
The gameplay is a free-form fragmented narrative, allowing the player to weave their own paths through the story: both forward and backward in time. The story is told through interactive textual fiction, and the player can engage more deeply in the narrative by exploring the desktops of the characters. This includes reading emails, exploring files, replaying conversations, and finding secrets.
The game will allow players to understand the complex effect extremism has on people’s perceptions of cultures and communities. It explores prejudices and racism that exist in the moments after an attack in many communities as well as the tabloid and media reaction to sensitivity and empathy to those affected.
All groups represented in the game have been developed in close consultation with cultural, professional and community groups. This includes journalists, emergency workers, and both the Muslim and wider minority ethnic communities.
CLOSED HANDS was developed by Manchester indie games studio PASSENGER with support from the Arts Council England
PASSENGER is a small independent games studio, formed and led by artist Dan Hett. CLOSED HANDS is the studio's first work which builds upon the experimental games series developed by Dan Hett.
The series explores his personal experience of losing his brother Martyn Hett in the Manchester terror attack in 2017.