By Joseph Luster
Many of us have friends and family members who served in the military during World War II, but how intimately do we know their story? This is something that’s addressed in unique ways in the recently released Attentat 1942, a PC adventure game that has players diving into the past through historical footage, survivor dialogue, and interactive comics.
The story begins when you learn that the Gestapo arrested your grandfather shortly after Reinhard Heydrich’s assassination. Does that mean he played a role in the attack? And how come no one else in the family has heard this story until now? Attentat 1942 is all about exploring the truth behind this via mini games and the previously mentioned storytelling methods, including a series of interviews devised and written by historians.
If it sounds like an interesting experiment in game design, that’s because Attentat 1942 comes from Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences. The version available on Steam is an enhanced version of ČCeskoslovensko 38-89: Atentát, which originally made its Czech language debut back in 2015. The developers say any revenue made on this game will go toward further field research, and it’s worth checking out what they’ve cooked up thus far.
Publisher: Charles University