‘Max, an Autistic Journey’ is a game made by a father about his autistic son
An upcoming Steam game that promises to be a “retro style top-down turn-based RPG” sounds enticing enough, but Max, an Autistic Journey is a lot more than that.
Developer Stéphane Cantin has created this game for players to experience in-game the life of Max, his son who has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
“This retro-inspired RPG gives players not only a unique gaming experience, but an insight into a world many people have never seen,” The game description reads, “While the visualisation of the beasts may be fantasy, the emotions and frustrations they represent are very real for a lot of people.”
Have a look at the game’s trailer below and you’ll can see some turn-based combat, puzzle solving, what looks to be rhythm minigames a a few other elements. We also noticed a level which looks to be a world made of LEGO. We can’t think of a more fitting level for a ten year old’s imagination.
If you want to play it right now, however, you can as there is a free demo available on itcho.io.
We haven’t had a chance to play the demo yet but we really like the idea of this game. It’s tackling a very difficult affliction that many people the world over have to deal with. In that regard it also reminds us of That Dragon, Cancer, a game many people lauded for its emotionally heavy, but informative and touching experience.