Bathos: Finding the right key


I am surrounded by keys and none of them do a damn thing.

There’s an endless list of things you can do with 48 hours. For instance, you might finally tackle one of the four hundred games you bought in the Steam Sale or you might rush to finish your taxes. But if you were Johan Peitz, you’d make Bathos, a free browser game that puts you in the shoes of an unnamed man stuck in a dilapidated room with no recollection of how he got there.

Bathos focuses on a singular and simple mechanic like most browser games. After approaching the door for the first time and discovering it’s been locked, a key falls from the sky. But of course, it fails to open the lock. Two more keys appear. You run over, grab them, bring them back to the door, but they too cannot free you. More keys drop from the void. You see where this is going.

It’s tough to talk about the claustrophobic and atmospheric Bathos without spoiling the whole thing, so I’ll say this: Peitz manages to do something clever here. Check it out.

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