[bracket]games

The official website for [bracket]games, creator of [out], Letters to Babylon, and Three Fourths Home.

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[bracket]games is a two-person independent game studio founded by writer and designer Zachery Sanford.

We focus on creating games with character-driven narratives informed by mechanics and design.


TO AZIMUTH

2014 - 20xx | PC, Mac, Linux, Console

TO AZIMUTH is an alien abduction mystery adventure game set in 1970's Alabama. The narrative-focused game follows two siblings, Nate and Susannah Windham, as they search for their brother after he has disappeared without a trace. They begin to discover evidence pointing to the possibility of extraterrestrial involvement, pulling them into a world involving conspiracy theories, governmental agencies, truth control, familial ties, and mental illness.

  • ID@XBOX GDC Showcase, 2016

THREE FOURTHS HOME

2014 - 2015 | PC, Mac, Linux, XBox One, PlayStation 4, PSVita

In her mid-20's, Kelly has been forced to move back to Nebraska. Back to that flat expanse, that seemingly endless sea of rustling cornstalks peppered by rusty silos and rustier towns. A typically intense Midwestern storm is approaching while Kelly is out; she needs to get home. Three Fourths Home is a visual short story in which players assume the role of Kelly during her drive through the storm. In the 20 miles between her grandparents' crumbling barn and her parents' home, she receives a phone call from her mother. While driving through a stylized representation of rural Nebraska, players must navigate an extended conversation between Kelly and her parents and younger brother. THREE FOURTHS HOME takes a look into a specific moment of these characters' lives and their relationships with one another. The narrative touches on a variety of issues affecting Kelly and her family, including disability, adulthood, and familial obligation.


ENTER, STAGE RIGHT

2015 | PC, Mac

ENTER, STAGE RIGHT is a short game about anxiety. It is a game without words. It was made in five days.


LETTERS TO BABYLON

2014 | Browser (Twine)

LETTERS TO BABYLON, the second Twine written by Zach Sanford and scored by Neutrino Effect, follows Chris during an in-patient stay at a residential treatment facility. Chris is admitted to the facility at the beginning of the game under unexplained circumstances. The semi-autobiographical narrative follows Chris during the five-week stay in the facility, with the player having a significant influence on the events of the game as well as on the nuance of what is really going on. The player exercises this mainly by either responding to or discarding letters from Chris' father and Chris' boyfriend, Ian. The narrative of the game changes dynamically based on the player's choice regarding these and other decisions.

Note: Letters to Babylon addresses and confronts serious subject matter, including abuse, depression, self-harm, and drug use, as well as how relationships influence and are influenced by these experiences. We approached the subject matter thoughtfully and from a place of understanding.

 


[OUT]

2013 | Browser (Twine)

LETTERS TO BABYLON, the second Twine written by Zach Sanford and scored by Neutrino Effect, follows Chris during an in-patient stay at a residential treatment facility. Chris is admitted to the facility at the beginning of the game under unexplained circumstances. The semi-autobiographical narrative follows Chris during the five-week stay in the facility, with the player having a significant influence on the events of the game as well as on the nuance of what is really going on. The player exercises this mainly by either responding to or discarding letters from Chris' father and Chris' boyfriend, Ian. The narrative of the game changes dynamically based on the player's choice regarding these and other decisions.