If you have a few minutes, you should go take a look at it for yourself. We will be indulging in many spoilers past the cut.
After popping into existence, Mani the musical jellyfish starts to explore the world of splendor in front of them, wandering from one interest to the next they begin to wonder why they’re here, and more importantly, why there are no other jellyfish in sight. Thus begins Mani’s quest to find meaning in a vague, undefined world where the only language is music and Mani’s own expressive dance. It isn’t long until Mani finds a group of Musical Jellyfish that they learn of others like them, joining their collective and finally finding a meaningful life amongst them.
In the distance remain many wonders to explore together, and Mani goes to fellow jellyfish to tell them about these incredible wonders on the horizon of their domain for them to explore in unison. However, Mani quickly finds that they have no such ambitions in life, choosing instead to remain in the same place they’ve always been their whole lives.
Mani wanders the abstract wastes, eventually coming across another likeminded friend who is much more lively and adventurous. Together, they romp throughout various environments until becoming seperated when Mani attempts to approach a strange golden oscillating sphere. Out of the despair of separation, Mani plunges into the sphere to find a reflective, geometric mandala and an enchanting chorus contained within. With awe, Mani discovers their lost partner contained within the reflection of the mandala, finally at ease to rediscover their kin. Mani and their compatriot dive into the deep horizon.
It’s a delightful allegory about social isolation, and how easy it can be to become lost in our own feelings and to find it hard to breathe amongst them. While we must recognize that not everyone is our friend, we still most assuredly have friends and like-minded folk to find just over the horizon; so fear not, traveller: find your path.
Emily Rose is an indie developer who writes for rebind.io and resides in the pacific northwest. She’s often seen in the local VR arcade and developer community participating in pushing the medium’s horizons. You can find her on twitter @caravanmalice