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Description

PLUG & PLAY is an award winning Short Film and Game for your digital device.
Explore the feelings of anthropoid creatures that go beyond sexuality and reproduction: love. PLUG & PLAY is a surreal play with plugs.

History

Michael Frei teamed up with Mario von Rickenbach and Etter Studio to develop the interactive version of his animated short film PLUG & PLAY. The project is launched online two years after the films festival debut in Clermont-Ferrand 2013.

Film

  • World Premiere: 2.2.2013 (Clermont-Ferrand)
  • Online Debut: 2.2.2015 (Vimeo)
  • Duration Film: 6 minutes
  • Festival Screenings: 100+

Game

  • Release Date: 2.2.2015 (iOS)
  • Publisher: Etter Studio
  • Duration Game: 10–15 minutes
  • Price: $3

Platforms

iOS, Android, Steam (PC/Mac)

Awards & Recognition

Game

«Official Nominee»
IndieCade 2015

«The Black Horse of Video Games»
Ars Independent 2015

«Best Arts Award»
«Audience Award»
Sense Of Wonder Night 2015

«Nuovo Award Nominee»
Independent Games
Festival 2015

Film

Anca Student Award
Fest Anca 2013

Best Swiss Award
Fantoche 2013

New Talent Award
Encounters 2013

Best Direction Award
Animage 2013

Grand Prize
2Annas 2013

Grand Prize
Cinanima 2013

Jury Special Prize
PISAF 2013

Best Student Film
Sommets 2013

Best Student Film
Animateka 2013

Best Animated Film
Filmfest Dresden 2014

Best Student Film
AniFilm 2014

100+ Film Festival Selections

Complete list of Film Awards and Screenings is available here.

Selected Press

Quotes

"Utterly original, and inevitably extremely polarising."
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"Wonderfully weird, grotesque, cute and wildly funny, and provokes some thought to boot."
Kaiju Pop

"Beneath all the weirdness, it's a surprisingly emotional game."
The Verge

"A delightful oddity."
Gamasutra

"Funny, evocative and difficult to look away from."
Digg.com

"A tortuous joy."
Short Of The Week

"The complexity of all our emotional and sensual desires appear as desperate as a sexually-charged reflex powered by an on/off switch."
Kill Screen

"My favourite game so far of 2015."
Patrick Smith @Vectorpark

"Profoundly good."
Samuel Boucher @MonsieurEureka

Team

Michael Frei

Michael Frei studied animation at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and at the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallinn. His Films Not About Us and Plug & Play received numerous awards all over the world. He was invited "Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo" in 2014.

www.michaelear.com

Mario von Rickenbach

Mario von Rickenbach is a swiss game designer and developer. He studied game design at the Zurich University of the Arts, where he received a bachelors degree in 2010. His award-winning works include the games Mirage, Krautscape, Drei and Rakete.

www.mariov.ch

Videos

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Film

Gameplay

Images

Animated GIFs
Film Stills

Game Screenshots

Process

Animating
Conceptualizing
Designing
Prototyping

If you need more or different images, contact us.

Credits

Etter Studio
Schweizer Fernsehen
Migros Kulturprozent
Kulturstiftung Thurgau
Kanton Schwyz
HSLU
Stadt Amriswil