Have you ever struggled to reignite a former passion? Has life gotten in the way of your plans? It’s happened to almost all of us, and now a short, free game tackles that very concept in Once An Artist.
In the game you take on the role of Dean, a former professional artist who had to abandon his career to become a full-time caregiver for his ailing father. It’s been years since he approached a blank page or screen, and he’s consigned his past experiences to another life which he’ll never know again.
Or will he? Therein lies the rub. After a chance encounter with a curious stranger on an airplane flight, he returns home to discover his own art waiting for him, seemingly calling out to him. Will he respond to his former creations, or will he continue to rebuff it as he has learnt to do so well? It’s all up to you.
It’s a cute little visual novel with a few branching narratives that evoke surprisingly sombre emotions about life, passion and self-identity. There’s no fluff or filler here: it’s a brief punch to the gut that coddles you afterwards and treats you to ice-cream. It’s well worth a look.
If you feel drawn towards trying it out, you can find it at its official site.