We created this category precisely so that we could celebrate those video games that are made as pure art. These games might not be the prettiest or most “entertaining” in a traditional sense, but they will make you think, and each and every one of them would not be out of place in an art gallery.
What you see less often is a comprehensive effort to deconstruct the fairy tale, such as we see with the Liar Princess and the Blind Prince. On the surface this is a fairly simple puzzle-platformer, but that is really underselling the fundamental genius of this game; the way it pulls apart the various elements of how fairy tales are constructed and the way they deliver moral messages, rooted in Christian faith. Often The Liar Princess subverts your expectation for the genre. Sometimes it upholds the traditions in an unsettling way. At all stages and at every second, the Liar Princess makes you think hard about what you’re experiencing, and that, ultimately, is what good art is about.
Stay tuned for the next award tomorrow!
– DDNet Team