PEOPLEMichael Luo : Designer
Airwaves is a 2D pixel art text-based puzzle game about a fictional family in fictional China working as a telegraph and communications operator for over a century. The player takes control over the operator to decipher Morse code, encryptions & calligraphy. In doing so, they experience seven short stories by playing through six generations of telegraph operators in the same family across important periods of time in China’s modern & future history. The difficulty of the game evolves as the generations progress from de-coding basic Morse messages to complex ciphers & code conversions. Through deciphering & logging codes and messages, the mystery and the tragedy of the family, as well as the community, are slowly revealed to the player.