A “macguffin” is a common storytelling element, long used in all kinds of media. Whenever the main characters are sent on a quest to get The Magical Item that can save the day, that’s a macguffin. The game MacGuffin uses this trope to send the player through a short but fun exploration of a comedically fictional nuclear facility.
The game experience in MacGuffin leans heavily on jokes. Some of the jokes placed in the environment are appropriate for the situations in which they are found and others are random things for the player to happen across. The player also has a cell phone on them which can be used to dial the person who has sent them after the macguffin. His lines are filled with comedy as well, sometimes breaking the fourth wall.
That said, there are also some points where things like lighting and camera shake are used to good effect for creating a dramatic (or perhaps melodramatic) moment. The start menu is brilliant in its own way, with the selectable options shown on a smartphone screen and the mouse leading the pointer finger of a giant hand …read more