Difficulty to make your blood boil
Malaria remains a serious problem throughout much of the third world, despite the fact that it is easy to treat and prevent. In an attempt to raise awareness of the disease and promote charities that combat it, developers Psyop have released this Malaria-themed platform game as a free download for Android, iOS and Kindle Fire devices.
Nightmare: Malaria casts players as a restless little girl smitten with the disease. Her sleep quickly devolves into a nightmare where she becomes trapped within a macroscopic version of her own body. In short order, her blood vessels, brain and issue are invaded by mosquitoes and toxic fluids and it’s up to the player to navigate her to safety while collecting her teddy bears.
The visuals are gorgeous yet unsettling. Bright, attractive colors and dark shades are used masterfully to create a haunting, foreboding atmosphere. Creepy ambient music sets the tone even further, and exploring a stylized body is oddly enthralling without giving off a sense of squeamishness.
In-between levels, and when you die, you’ll be treated to morbid tidbits of Malaria-related trivia, as well as appeals to donate. And indeed, rest assured that you will die often: it’s an extremely difficult experience with highly-sensitive controls which require a fine degree of precision. Three teddy bears exist in each level and bragging rights are rewarded to players who can snag the trio, but often they’re to be found in tricky spots and you’ll have to decide between risk-versus-reward. Pools of malicious mucous and malevolent mosquitoes conspire to make our heroine’s life a short one.
Nightmare: Malaria is a fantastic-looking game wrapped within an important message, but be warned that only those looking for a serious challenge should attempt to navigate its daunting micro-levels. Get it from the Google Play Store here or the iTunes Store here. If you’re curious about making donations, take a gander at its official homepage for instructions.