That Dragon, Cancer is a Develop Indie Showcase 2013 finalist, and Family Gamer TV has a chance to sit down with creator Ryan Green during Develop to have a chat about the game and have a look at gameplay footage.
Created by Green and Josh Larson, the adventure game is based on the true-life story of Green’s son Joel and his ongoing battle against cancer.
“Joel wasn’t supposed to live past his 2nd birthday,” Green explained. “But while his cancer is aggressive and we’re fighting his eighth tumor, he is very much alive. When the doctors told us Joel was terminal we had to talk to our sons about things like heaven. My wife told our older boys that Joel was fighting this great dragon called cancer. It’s a dragon that Joel, our doctors and we are unable to slay.”
Set largely in a children’s hospital, the point-and-click title is an “interactive retelling” of Joel’s third year as cancer patient, and the struggle he and his parents had to endure.
Players will discover poems, musical arrangements and other elements within a dreamscape connedted with the hospital ward.
Check out the interview below.