Deadeus is a Gameboy game released on in 2019. Its success is simplicity. It has a straightforward premise and offers almost a dozen different endings for the succinct play experience. I was taken in by the music and the tone. Deadeus explores what can still be done on a “dead” platform and how that platform’s limitations actually inform the experience of exploring, talking, and collecting in a unique way. Deadeus has joined Link’s Awakening as one of my all-time favorite Gameboy experiences. If you have a way to play it handheld, in bed, at night, then do it.

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