Girl in the Machine
Monday, February 18, 2008
Underneath the surface.

Now this is certainly something to watch out for. Lila Dreams is a macabre, Flash-based indie MMORPG being developed by Creatrix Games. The game takes place inside the mind of a young girl, and players take on the roles of "memekins" that protect her psyche from the danger of apathy. An interview from Wired.com explains:
The "Big Threat" is a darkness which literally surrounds the world, constantly encroaching inward and eating away the landscape. But there is also going to be an array of strange creatures from Lila's thoughts and nightmares with which to contend and befriend. Different areas will provide different challenges.
The memekins themselves can be aligned with eight different emotions, each receiving benefits when Lila's mood changes to match. Instead of grinding for levels, players customize items to optimize their power in combat described as a 2D platforming style with "RPG mechanics." In order to gain these items, a unique crafting system lets your memekin grow them like plants. Jason, one of LD's three -- yes, three -- development team members assures us that in this surreal world, "plants are not just plants."

Creatrix is teaming up with publisher Kongregate to get their game onto the Internet. With such a small team, strange premise, and unusual execution (World of Warcraft this ain't), Creatrix needs a big name like Kongregate to reach MMO-loving gamers with a thirst for something fresh. While LD will be free, Creatrix first plans to release a small amount of polished features that will hook players and hold their attention. As the player base grows, hopefully funds will as well and then the game's content will grow.

Lila Dreams is a crazy, risky, unique game that aims to push the boundaries of more traditional MMORPGs. The premise blends science fiction, psychic powers, and psychology to fascinating effect, taking us into the illustrious mind of an eleven-year-old girl. The game's developers hope for a release by Halloween of this year. In the meantime, you can keep tabs on their progress and check out some cool concept art over on the official Lila Dreams blog. As for me, I plan on sneaking into the beta as soon as it's available.

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