Pretty Cool Webcomics: The Human Game
The Human Game is a Pretty Cool Webcomic by Friday / thehappinessmachine! It updates irregularly.
It is your seventeenth birthday, and you have just woken up. Except that wherever you are, it definitely isn’t your room, and you have no idea where you are or how you got there. On one wall is the creepiest angel fresco you’ve ever seen. On the table is a keycard with a strange symbol drawn on it, and a note that tells you to head to the center without having a nervous breakdown. And calls you a nothing, to boot.
You are Kate Greenwood, and this is quite possibly the worst birthday ever.
As Kate makes her way through the building she encounters others who have been abducted, along with the mysterious masked mastermind who calls himself “Cancel.” Each of them has a secret, none of them are who they seem, and all of them have been entered in a mysterious, horrible, challenge referred to as “The Human Game.” If someone manages to follow Cancel’s instructions and win, they will avoid the fate of the losers. And if they lose… they lose their very humanity.
Boasting a great cast and loads of symbolism, The Human Game manages to be a very dark and intense story without resorting to sex or violence to tell it. The pacing is slow, mainly from how much dialogue there is, but nevertheless presents a very creepy atmosphere and a building of horror as the protagonists realize just how dire their situation is. The author also greatly encourages reader interaction (being a forum comic and all) and speculation, to the point of allowing readers to ask about extra information from an “in-story” computer on the blog achronicity.
If you know about the Dangan Ronpa game series you may get some similar vibes from this comic, but with far less killing and far, far more horror elements, The Human Game is clearly its own thing and should be a satisfying read to fans of ontological adventures and horror stories alike.
The Human Game contains occasional harsh language, body horror, violence and abuse, psychological torture/intentional triggering of characters, and human experimentation, and is recommended for teens and up.