The Brazilian designer Carlos Monteiro has developed SURREALISTa, a free computer game that simulates in three dimensions a set of virtual spaces inspired by Giorgio de Chirico, an Italian metaphysical and surrealist artist. The goal is to find the secret gateways from one level to the next (there are five), each just a bit more eerie than the one preceding it. (Read the writeup at

Personally, I have mixed feelings about this piece. It’s still an alpha version, so major changes are still possible. The visuals are indeed hauntingly beautiful and capture de Chirico’s style, but I wonder if the choice of making it a 3D puzzle-adventure game is thematically appropriate.

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