IRL: The Game is based off of IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives by Chris Stedman. The game was designed and developed by Julia Makivic.

In this game you will wander through a surreal digital landscape, meet exciting internet personalities and help them to reconcile how their digital lives intersect with their personal lives. How you respond to their posts influences the choices that these characters will make.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(12 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel, Interactive Fiction
Tags2D, Experimental, Furry, Hand-drawn, LGBT, Narrative, Pixel Art, Story Rich, Surreal
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Smartphone


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It was surprising seeing how fast I became attached to these characters from just a few tweets, and how invested I was especially in Balto's ending. I played it twice and did the opposite answers to see what would change and it was cool to see!

I played this after seeing it in the indie bundle for Palestinian aid. It was fun to play through and think about my answers (and because some could have gone either way, I had to replay and pick all the opposite ones to see what happened). I especially liked the canonical/first ending I got for the corner store cartographer (and also having Friendly Shark as my generated name). Thank you!