As virtually all the cool game-oriented blogs have already noted, the 8-bit download game Passage is very much worthy of the few minutes it takes to play. Or maybe I should say “play.” Passage has the formal structure of a videogame and it is interactive, but the play is not the thing. Unlike conventional games, Passage‘s play mechanics and graphical presentation serve the expression of a much larger point — a statement about, uh, the human condition. It is the first time I have been moved by a game.
I don’t want to say more. Play for yourself. It takes less than five minutes, has the distinction of being one of the most visually spectacular 8-bit games I’ve ever seen, and the music is just great too.