”Kept in the chest” is a series of interactions in the form of an art installation that leads the player through the routine of a sex slave. In this game you have freedom concerning just one thing, your thoughts, and depending on them you will have more or less desire to escape from your captivity. The more tries to escape the better, because the physical representation of your body disintegrates with every incident you undergo. Choose the mindset with which you will do your work and encounter your captor, either positively, like thinking of the persons you love or your dreams, or negatively, being indifferent or depressed. Unfortunately, the likelihood of breaking free is very low and based entirely on your luck and your motivation, which wanes as you run out of positive thoughts over time.
Conversely to what is commonly thought about games and their ability to entertain, this game specifically intends to provide a thoroughly unpleasant experience by referring abstractly but never grotesquely to a very sensitive issue.
With this game the player can reflect upon the helplessness that people who are in sex slavery situations undergo and envision metaphorically the detriment that the body and mind experience due to the conditions and damages that issue carries.
Keep in the chest! is a useful playful tool for exhibitions and festivals dealing with serious topics. Want to play? Try it our or make your own version. Find here instructions and material.
Enrique Perez (gameplay design)