A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

*Please download the Unity_Super_Fix file and run the unity-permission-fix script to get past dumb Apple security restrictions*

Use the cheatsheet if you just want to read the story. This game gets really difficult.

*21/09/2020: Added cheat sheet and bug fixes

Airwaves is a collection of four short stories in the form of a radio operator simulator game. The player plays as a family of radio operators in a fictional contemporary China. The stories span three generations through decades of turmoil, starting from the Korean War, followed by the Great Leap Forward, to Cultural Revolution and Sino-Soviet Border Conflicts, and ends with the 1989 pro-democracy movements. The family narrative intertwines with short stories inspired by Mo Yan and Yu Hua's hallucinatory realism writings. The player is required to decipher morse code and cryptic messages, preferably on a notebook to advance.

 

The game's deliberately tactile and difficult progression signifies the personal narrative in contrast with the overwhelming institutional narratives. Each story tells a tale of its generational trauma from collective memories. The use of realistic pixel art in conjunction with the magical realist narrative stresses the fuzziness and myths that come with memories about historical events. It is about the pain and suffering and hope and perseverance experienced by marginalized people living in rural China.

 

Illustrated, written and scripted by Michael Luo.

 

Special thanks to Eddo Stern, Miles Peyton, Alex Rickett, Tyler Stefanich, Elsie Wang, Ling Qiang(Soundtrack), Fongkei Mo, Chloe Zhang, and UCLA Game Lab.


Install instructions

Download Airwaves_MAC for Mac build, and Airwaves_WIN for PC build.

*Please download the Unity_Super_Fix file and run the unity-permission-fix script to get past dumb Apple security restrictions*

Use the cheatsheet if you just want to read the story. This game gets really difficult.

Download

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AIRWAVES CHEAT SHEET.pdf 117 kB
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Airwaves_MAC.zip 33 MB
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Airwaves_WIN.zip 33 MB
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Unity_Super_Fix.zip 113 kB

Development log

Comments

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Hi, I really enjoyed the game and wrote about it on my blog here: https://toomanymedia.com/2020/09/26/airwaves/

thanks Alex! I really enjoyed the article, thanks for playing :) more to come!

glad to hear it!

How do you do the first one? Also a tutorial would be great, or maybe a walkthrough? I'm so stuck on the first part... It says incoming transmission and the nothing happens. even if i click to listen to the transmitte

you need to type in the first INCOMING TRANSMISSION as instructed

Whats that? Is it a sound, is it just "INCOMING TRANSMITTION"?

Its just the words :) there's a cheatsheet if you like

Thank you