Confront Your Fears in Surreal Point and Click “Mary Woke Up Today”
A game about a dream set within a dream where the dreamer questions the nature of her reality and struggles to wake up can hardly avoid comparisons to Inception or The Matrix. But Mary Woke Up Today is distinct, visually and thematically. Her translucent figure moves through a blurry, watercolor world that melts and shifts around her. And, just like in dreams, even though nothing makes sense, it’s hard to question what’s going on.
In one scene that stands out, Mary Woke Up Today evokes such a sense of discomfort and unease that I actually stopped playing for a few minutes. Sure, the game mostly revolves around traveling from room to room and answering questions posed by indistinct, friendly but ominous characters, but when the colors change, the atmosphere and ambiance become so unsettling that it’s hard to continue. Mary Woke Up Today is a fantastic game, but this moment taps so deeply and honestly into fear that I would not hesitate to call it a work of art.