It takes an exceptional writer to weave absurdity and believability together to create such a vivid tale, and Kyratzes manages it effortlessly.
– The Telegraph
It’s like a five year old with a degree in comparative literature.
– Scripted Sequence
Name: Jonas Kyratzes
Species: Homo sapiens
Birthday: May 21st, 1984
- writer (first book published in spring 2013)
- indie game developer (since 2000)
- filmmaker (still working on that)
- Born in Wiesbaden, Germany. Raised in Thessaloniki, Greece.
- Speaks English, Greek, German and vestigial French.
- Currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany.
- Married to Verena Kyratzes, with whom he often collaborates.
- Socialist (not Social Democrat).
Author of these games:
- Ithaka of the Clouds (upcoming) [successfully crowdfunded]
- The Matter of the Great Red Dragon (2014)
- Moonlight (2012)
- The Sea Will Claim Everything (2012) [commercial]
- Traitor (2012) (flash)
- The Fabulous Screech (2012) [flash]
- Arcadia: A Pastoral Tale (2012)
- The Book of Living Magic (2011) [flash]
- Alphaland (2011) [flash]
- You Shall Know The Truth (2011) [flash]
- The Infinite Ocean (remake, 2010) [flash]
- Phenomenon 32 (2010)
- The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge (2008)
- The Museum of Broken Memories (2006)
- The Great Machine: A Fragment (2005)
- The Infinite Ocean (2003)
- Last Rose in a Desert Garden (2000)
Characteristics as game designer:
- Strong literary influences.
- Games with a focus on narrative.
- Pronounced political and philosophical themes.
- Extensive use of text (but not in all games).
- Believes that games are art.
- Thus not interested in concepts like “notgames” and “art games.”
- Extremely dislikes postmodernism.
- Prefers unusual graphical styles.
- Awful puns.
- Runner-up for Best Script in the Telegraph video games awards 2012.
- His game The Sea Will Claim Everything won an Honourary Aggie for Best Game No One Has Played.
- In 2012, two Lands of Dream games won Best of Casual Gameplay awards at the same time.
- Wrote a number of articles for the Escapist.
- Once almost bought IndieGames.com, before the term “indie” was popular. (Odd, isn’t it?)
- Co-founded the Wikileaks Stories art project.
- Several of his games are part of the Lands of Dream setting.
- Prone to blogging about Marxist theory and/or cats.
- Believes that writing about yourself in the third person makes you sound like a twat.
- Dialogue Tree: Struggling To Make It [Electron Dance] (audio)
- Συνέντευξη: Μιλάμε με τον Ιονά Κυρατζή – Μέρος Α’ και Μέρος Β’ [Authority.gr]
- Jonas Kyratzes – Interview [Adventure Classic Gaming]
- Jonas Kyratzes on capitalism, indie games and the Lands of Dream [Citizen Game]
- Interview: The Sea Will Claim Everything [Hookshot, Inc.]
- Jonas Kyratzes gets interviewed [IndieGames.com]
- The Oneiric Jonas Kyratzes Interview [Gnome’s Lair]
- Alphaland and Phenomenon 32 with Jonas Kyratzes [Matt Chat, episode 113] (video)
- Museum of Broken Memories with Jonas Kyratzes [Matt Chat, episode 112] (video)
- Art and Entertainment with Jonas Kyratzes [Matt Chat, episode 111] (video)
- Engaged in the Struggle: Jonas Kyratzes – Part One and Part Two [Electron Dance]