July 17, 2024
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Behind the scenes stories from CLeM: how our little servant was born

Some time ago, just before entering the new millennium, an alternative metal band released an album that, years later, would plant a seed in Mariona’s head. Mariona is the artistic director of Mango Protocol, the band was KoRn and the album was “Issues.” That album featured a rag doll on its cover and the music video for one of the singles showed the band playing among cockroaches, a spider and a fly. Later, a compilation DVD of KoRn music videos would feature a rudimentary escape room game set inside an abandoned mental hospital.

All these ideas were floating around for some time, until in 2006 Mariona started working on the story for a stop motion short film and found inspiration in one of the bands she was obsessed with at the time. Thus, influenced by the visuals of KoRn’s “Issues”, the script for the short film became a rather abstract story about the cycle of life, revolving around a captive doll that chases insects while following the mysterious instructions of a little girl.

Clem's Fragments

After finishing the production of the short film, its storyboard was left in the shadows waiting for its moment to shine again. And this moment came in 2018, when Mariona, Javi (narrative director of Protocolo Mango) and I decided to rescue it and adapt its central concept into what would be the cornerstone on which the project would be built. Clemthe fourth installment of the Psychotic Adventures game series, was built.

Javi was tasked with developing a tender and dark story. His main goal was to integrate themes into the original script that would better fit with some very personal experiences in Mariona's life, while also being suitable to be experienced as a looping puzzle game based on a complete narrative.

At the same time, Jordi began to navigate all the threads of the story to come up with puzzles that would both represent a fun challenge for the player and also reflect the feelings that the main character was discovering as the interactive experience unfolded.

Meanwhile, in the art direction department, Mariona was about to reveal the appearance of said character. It was a new and improved version of the character from the short film’s storyboard, which was, in turn, Mariona’s interpretation of the doll on the cover of KoRn’s “Issues.” We all instantly fell in love with “the maid.”

Concept art by Clem

This is one of the most memorable stories behind the development of Clem We hope you enjoyed it. Now it's time for you to play and be a part of this amazing puzzlevania. In it, you'll control a ragdoll that has come to life in a dark basement. A voice inside your head will ask you for beauty and your only clue will be a notebook full of entries about alchemy and arthropods and their attributes. Are you ready?

ClemComing to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on July 17, The Last of Us is an acclaimed puzzle-adventure with an escapist feel and a dark story to unravel. Pre-order the game now and prepare to dive into its creepy and emotional world.

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CLeM is a narrative-driven puzzle-adventure game with a dark twist. Awaken in a world where puzzles intertwine with exploration, weaving a unique narrative rooted in alchemy. A voice awakens you. It gives you purpose. To guide you, you find a notebook with mysterious entries and a house to explore. EXPERIENCE A DARK ADVENTURE FILLED WITH MYSTERY You wake up in a cold, dimly lit room, your senses slowly adjusting to surroundings that oddly feel familiar. A strange sensation lingers over you, reminding you that something isn’t quite right. As you get your bearings, a peculiar object on the floor catches your eye. A notebook labeled “CLeM” lies in front of you. As you delve into its pages, covered in intricate sketches of insects accompanied by vague symbols, you find a note containing a cryptic message: “Bring me BEAUTY.” Lost in deciphering the contents, a voice interrupts your concentration. SOLVE PUZZLES & FIND YOUR PATH Puzzles intertwine with exploration, weaving a unique narrative experience we call a “puzzlevania” with a dark story to unravel and countless challenges to overcome. CRAFT ENCHANTED TOYS & UNCOVER SECRETS Craft magical toys to unlock hidden secrets, access unreachable places, and recover items from the past as you uncover new revelations in familiar spaces. DISCOVER A CUTE, DARK WORLD Investigate a seemingly desolate house accompanied only by a dark voice and a notebook filled with notes and drawings about alchemy, insects, and other creepy crawlies. EMBRACE YOUR DESTINY Choose your destiny in this dark tale of manipulation, pride, forgiveness, and redemption.

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