Shadow Game

A modern odyssey

For most children, life is a game. But not every game is without risk. Crossing borders in Europe, ‘The Game’, as child migrants call it, is life-threatening. In search of a better life, these children often spend years on the road. Shadowgame tells their story in a long documentary, webdoc series and photo project. With this project Little Chicken is developing a game. In the game Sami travels through a dark and eerie wonderland, confronted with obstacles of mythical proportions.

Sami  is from a war torn, poor country. He is a streetwise and resourceful kid.  He has left his home country to find safety and a better future. During this tough journey Sami grows up fast. He regularly talks to his mother over the phone, and along the way he meets a whole range of characters that tell us about the extreme circumstances they go through.

With the background of Sami growing up during his epic odyssey, Shadow Game is a combination of a walking simulator and stealthy gameplay. During the various missions we learn about Sami’s story, and the man he is becoming.

Shadow Game is made together with Dutch documentary makers Prospektor, with concept art by Aimée de Jongh and story by Niels ‘t Hooft in corporation with Ellis Bartholomeus.