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Imagination Is the Only Escape
Developer(s) Luc Bernard
Silver Sphere Studios
Publisher(s) Alten8
Designer(s) Luc Bernard
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, Wii (WiiWare)
Release date(s) 2009
Genre(s) Platform game
Mode(s) Single-player

Imagination Is The Only Escape is an upcoming video game by Luc Bernard, the creator of Eternity's Child. It is currently being developed for the Nintendo DS, but it has also been suggested that the game may be released as a WiiWare game instead.[1]

Set during the Second World War, Imagination Is The Only Escape is an educational title aiming to teach children about The Holocaust.[2]

Story

The story starts off before the Occupation of France by Nazi Germany. The player is introduced to the main character, a Jewish boy named Samuel who is playing with his friends, going to school, and living a normal life in Paris. However, when France is invaded by the Nazis, Samuel and his family are soon forced to move to a ghetto and wear the yellow star of David on their clothes.

The scene changes to the Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv, the rounding up of Jews in Paris that took place on July 16, 1942. During the chaos Samuel's mother tells him to escape the city. She takes off his star so he can't be recognized as a Jew, and gives him the address of a Catholic priest who can help him escape Paris and the occupied part of France. Unfortunately, as Samuel escapes, his mother is spotted and taken away.

Samuel starts his journey to find the priest, sneaking his way through Paris. Samuel soon finds him, and is smuggled out to southern France. They arrive at a small village hidden in a forest, where the villagers are passing off Jewish children from all over France as Christian orphans, and soon Samuel meets a fox who tells him that if he helps him he will be able to see his mother again.[3]

Controversy

Imagination has courted controversy for its dark setting and subject matter.[4]

Nintendo of America has stated that they have no plans to release the game.[4] Bernard claims that the company is afraid of the game's subject matter, but believes Nintendo of Europe will not block its release.[2]

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