A trope that we come across in many different mediums of literature is the monomyth, or The Hero’s Journey. A character embarks, often reluctantly, on a journey. The character overcomes a conflict and eventually returns home with a better understanding of the world they live in. The Hero’s Journey may no longer be original, but the story beats remain incredibly popular.
One game that is subtle in its depiction of The Hero’s Journey is the aptly named Journey. Developed by thatgamecompany, Journey is a very simple story. A robed figure departs on an adventure to reach the top of a mountain. The journey will not be an easy one, but in the end the robed figure returns with more knowledge of the world. The game communicates through its visuals as there is zero dialogue. Journey is a great game to teach The Hero’s Journey. Not everyone will agree whether or not the robed figure is a hero, but it will force the students to focus more on the character’s literal actions since the robed figure never really speaks with another character.
Developed by thatgamecompany
Available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows