Press kit — A Mortician's Tale

Factsheet

Developer:
Laundry Bear Games
Based in Toronto, Canada

Release:
2017

Platforms:
PC/Mac (Steam, Humble, itch.io)

Regular Price:
(coming soon)

Website:
MorticiansTale.com

Description

A Mortician's Tale is a narrative-driven death positive video game where you play as a mortician tasked with running a funeral home. Take on the role of recent funeral direction graduate Charlie as she learns the ropes of the business and industry. Prepare the cadavers of the deceased (via embalming or cremation), attend their funerals and listen to their loved ones' stories, and interact with Charlie's coworkers, clients, and bosses. A Mortician's Tale is an informative, honest, and sometimes humorous look at the current state of and the future of the western death industry.

History

A Mortician's Tale is greatly inspired by the works of Caitlin DoughtyThe Order of the Good Death, and the death positive movement. After reading Caitlin's book Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, A Mortician's Tale designer and artist Gabby DaRienzo (Graceful Explosion Machine, Celeste, Parkitect) was inspired to make a game about the western death industry. She originally created a simple pixel art prototype using PICO-8 that she called Mortuary Simulator, but after receiving a large amount of interest in the game and genuine questions about the death industry, Gabby decided to team up with game developer Andrew Carvalho (Soundshapes, LOUD On Planet X) to make it a full 3D game. They have since collaborated with musician Halina Heron (Moon Hunters, The Beginner's Guide, The Yawhg), illustrator Jacquelin de Leon (The Sirens of San Francisco), sound designer Jen Costa (Fate Tectonics), writer Kaitlin Tremblay (Ain't No Place for a Hero, Those Who Make Us, Say When), and audio programmer Robby Duguay (Graceful Explosion Machine, We Are Doomed) to bring A Mortician's Tale to life. A Mortician's Tale is made possible with support by Ontario Arts Council.

Features

  • Explore the colorful world of Rose and Daughters Funeral Home — from the morgue itself to the viewing room where funerals take place 
  • Prepare 8 different cadavers using realistic tools and procedures involved with traditional burials and cremations
  • Talk to the deceased's loved ones, discover their stories, and learn how each of them mourns in different ways
  • Follow Charlie's journey at Rose and Daughters Funeral Home as it transitions from a family-run business to being bought and owned by a massive funeral conglomerate and beyond
  • Discover some real life truths about the current state of and future of the western funeral industry

Videos

A Mortician's Tale Teaser Trailer (YouTube)



 

Awards and Recognition

  • "Official Selection, Double Fine's Day of the Devs" San Francisco, Fall 2016
  • "Official Selection, Different Games Toronto" Toronto, Spring 2017

Selected Articles


About Laundry Bear

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Laundry Bear Games is a small independent game studio founded in 2016 by Andrew Carvalho and Gabby DaRienzo. We love collaborating with friends to make strange and colourful video games.

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A Mortician's Tale Credits

Andrew Carvalho
Developer

Gabby DaRienzo
Game Designer and Artist

Halina Heron
Musician and Composer

Jacquelin de Leon
Illustrator

Jen Costa
Sound Designer

Kaitlin Tremblay
Lead Writer

Robby Duguay
Audio Programmer


 
 

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