I Am Dead is a puzzle-adventure game about a museum curator named Morris Lupton and his dog Sparky, both of whom are dead. That’s not really a problem, though. The real issue is that the tiny island of Shelmerston, where they lived in more corporeal times, is about to be destroyed by a volcanic eruption, and they’re the only ones who can stop it.
Annapurna Interactive also uploaded a four-and-a-half-minute video that contains a longer sneak peek of the game, featuring commentary from the game’s creators Ricky Hogg and Richard Haggett. The video showed off I Am Dead’s charming gameplay functions while the two creators elaborated more on the title’s unique premise.
“It’s really a game about normal people who just happen to be dead. The stories of their lives told through the memories of people who knew them, and the objects that they left behind,” the developers explain in the video. “You have to find these hidden objects that meant something to them, and in order to know what you’re looking for you delve inside the memories of people who knew them when they were alive, and discover stories that they remember about that person.”
I Am Dead follows a museum curator named Morris and his dog, Sparky – two recently-deceased beings who live on the island of Shelmerston. The two discover that an incoming disaster is coming to ruin their home, and embark on a journey to find a way to save the island by uncovering all its hidden mysteries and secrets.
Throughout the hidden object puzzle game, players must find more of Shelmerston’s ghosts by exploring and uncovering memories about the deceased from the currently-living residents. As a ghost, Morris has unlocked a unique x-ray ability that allows him to see inside of objects as well as inside people’s minds, which are vital resources in uncovering all the secrets of Shelmerston
I Am Dead will be released this September 2020. The game will be available for the Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. For those who are interested in keeping up with the game’s development, be sure to Wish List the title on Steam now.