Even a White Rose Casts a Black Shadow is a stylish narrative-driven puzzle adventure that explores how generational trauma is passed on.
Created by students of the Media Design School in New Zealand, Even a White Rose Casts a Black Shadow is a first person puzzle adventure set within various scenes throughout a troubled person’s life. In each scene you have to find three different objects to interact with, each of which is a different type of puzzle. As you progress through the scenes the game explores themes of generational trauma, as your character’s less than ideal upbringing goes on to affect their future life.
Some of the puzzles can be a little infuriating and fiddly, but you can skip them and the majority of the game is excellent. It’s got a very striking black and white visual style and it does a fantastic job of relaying its abstract narrative through its series of well crafted scenes.
Note: You can press “Q” to skip a puzzle if it’s infuriating you.