Brilliant, scary, luxurious and brutal is what MUE will bring to players in a short 15 minutes of experience.
Brilliant but scary, luxurious but brutal is what MUE will bring to players in a short 15 minutes of experience. And yet, in addition to the interesting story idea, you will surely be surprised to know that this game is actually just a graduation project of a group of students that was done in just 4 months before the deadline for submission. .
According to the description of the production team, MUE is a short game with a first-person perspective, set in 1890. The main character in the game is Alicia, a young girl who suddenly wakes up in the middle of a luxurious castle. but it looks very bleak. This place was as wide as a maze with no way out, holding the poor girl who was still bewildered and could not understand what happened to her.
What happened to Alicia? And is a game only 15 minutes worth talking about? If you want to find the answer, hello guys, let’s come to today’s video. Before starting the video, don’t forget to like, click the subscribe button and the notification bell button to support Tin Game Channel to soon reach 300 thousand subs. And now let’s get started.
The girl lost in the monstrous castle
During the 15-minute experience of the game, MUE will not have any dialogue scenes. If you have experienced MUE, you can fast forward a few minutes to come to the analysis. If not, here is what Alicia has experienced during the 15 minutes since the game started.
Alicia woke up in a closed room with no one in sight. On the wall is a hanging “Memento Mori” painting, depicting three women sitting and chatting with each other. Alicia reached out to readjust the painting when suddenly discovered the key used to open the door of the room.
Exiting the closed room, Alicia walked along the corridor to a very luxurious room, seemingly the owner of this place was a rich noble. Suddenly, something caught her eye. It was a silk thread, or rather a golden thread. Its glittering golden hues attracted Alicia and led her to a statue placed in the center of the luxurious bedroom.
The statue has the shape of an aristocratic woman, in her hand is a golden silk thread, next to a spinning machine, it seems that golden silk is woven from it. Alicia felt that this room was not worth noting, so she returned to the door, but she was surprised to find that the door had been locked by someone, locking herself inside and could not get out.
With no other choice, Alicia could only walk around the room to find another way out. Suddenly, the teapot on the table suddenly grew legs like a spider and led Alicia to a secret passage behind the fireplace.
The passage was both small and narrow, Alicia could only lie on her stomach and crawl forward little by little. Inside the cobwebs, she would occasionally see a decomposing corpse and maggots. At the end of the tunnel, Alicia found herself under the bed.
Through the gap in the bed, Alicia saw a woman’s feet walking to the teapot lying on the ground. She raised her foot and crushed the vase and made it drop a key. Waiting for the woman to leave, Alicia scrambled up from under the bed, realizing that she had returned to the room where the statue of the woman had just been placed.
Feeling that this place was too scary, Alicia took the key to open the door to get out. But when the door opened, Alicia felt something strange. It seemed that the scene on the corridor was different from before. Alicia followed the golden thread to the room at the end of the corridor and entered. Strangely, it was the same room she was originally locked in.
The girl Alicia panicked when she opened the door to the room and was about to return to the hallway, only to find that the scene in the corridor changed again, becoming more distorted than before. But at the end of the corridor was not the large bedroom with the statue as just now, but turned into the main hall.
In the middle of the main hall there is a staircase leading to the upper floor and the golden thread extends up there. While Alicia was stunned, the door behind her closed. She hurriedly followed the thread upstairs when she saw a statue of a woman, but it was different from the one she saw just now.
Finding a door to the right of the statue, Alicia went to check it and found it locked. With no other choice, Alicia only had to go back downstairs to find a way out. But she suddenly discovered a baby cradle had been placed there ever since.
Out of curiosity, Alicia walked over to check it out and saw a ceramic doll lying in the cradle. Seeming to feel that this doll had some special meaning, Alicia took it upstairs and placed it in the hands of the statue upstairs.
As soon as the statue’s hand touched the doll, a scream rang out from behind Alicia. She turned around reflexively and found a woman in black downstairs. With a sharp knife in her hand, she chased Alicia, scaring her through the open door upstairs, even though it had closed a few seconds ago. At the end of the street is a room with a strange “Memento Mori” painting, but now there are only 2 women on the picture, not the original 3.
Suddenly, the room shook violently in Alicia’s panic. When everything was back to normal, Alicia opened the door and walked out of the room. But the corridor was now replaced with a different scene. It is no longer a luxurious corridor with oil paintings but just a rickety and old wooden attic. On either side of the wall were pages torn from gruesome anatomy books.
Alicia tried to calm herself and walked forward following the instructions of the golden thread. At the end of the rope was a table full of blood and sharp objects, the bloodstain extending to the rotting wooden door at the end of the path. The door led Alicia to a room, where a woman or rather a monster was holding sharp scissors.
Alicia crouched low, trying to get out of her sight to reach the door across the room. She had to crawl slowly under a table laden with mangled corpses. The smell of blood mingled with the smell of rotting corpses. Suppressing the feeling of nausea, Alicia rushed out of the room under the pursuit of the monster. She ran to the end of the street, dashing into the room at the end of the corridor, where the strange painting “Memento Mori” was hanging. The screen goes black, the after credits show up and the game ends here.
The story of beauty and youth
15 crazy minutes with many confusing metaphors, no lines or explanations appearing in the game will surely make gamers feel confused and wonder what the production team wants to convey in the end. through the MUE. Does this game have a story or is it just a first-person scare game? Now, let’s analyze the details of the game together with Mo.
First, let’s talk about the game’s weird name. MUE is not an abbreviation for any phrase, in fact “Mue” in French means “to makeover”. Moulting birds, escaping cicadas or shedding snakes can all be understood as “Mue”. Further, the name “Mue” may refer to the body’s changes at some point in life.
Speaking of which, we can understand that the plot of “Mue” is implicitly implying the “makeover”, but who is the object here? In fact, that object is always present throughout the game without us noticing, that is the woman. The main character Alicia is a woman, the statues she encounters are also statues of women, even the painting or monster that hunts Alicia at the end of the base game is also a woman.
The image of a woman appears throughout the game and if you pay close attention, towards the end of the game, we can see that every time Alicia opens the door, the women she meets will age over time, the surrounding scenery. around also changed in the older direction.
In the first scene, welcoming Alicia is a bright red room and a beautiful statue of a woman. This scene refers to the most beautiful age of a woman, when she was still a young woman with smooth and radiant skin. The bright red color of the room seems to symbolize that a woman’s beauty is at its peak and most beautiful.
Then comes the next scene, the scene gradually becomes gloomy and twisted, symbolizing the woman’s age and beauty fading. The image of the statue of a woman holding a porcelain doll represents the period when a beautiful young girl has now become a mother. Having to worry and struggle to cope with many events in life. Time also imprinted on her face when the eyes gradually appeared crow’s feet, that girl was no longer as beautiful and brilliant as before.
By the last scene, the house had become old, rotten and dilapidated. The woman now appears with an old, ugly and scary appearance. No longer the bright red outfit of a teenage girl or the modest outfit of a gentle mother, the woman now wears black clothes, symbolizing the ravages of time when death is near. .
In the scene where Alicia pushes the wooden door, we can see on the door the words “Mori” written in blood. In French, “Mori” means “slowly dying”. And behind the door, Alicia saw a woman sharpening sharp scissors, scattered around the bodies of many other women dissected for blood.
This segment seems to be inspired by the bloodthirsty Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who ruthlessly murdered a series of virgins for her blood and bathed in it with the desire to preserve eternal beauty. The barbaric scene in the game seems to imply that an elderly woman is desperately trying to hold on to her youth, which has inadvertently destroyed herself.
The house in the game is also an image representing the beauty of a woman through each stage of her life. From adolescence to entering middle age and into old age, from the most brilliant and beautiful period to the moment of utter gloom and despair. What about the image of the painting “Memento Mori” and the golden thread that Alicia followed throughout the game represent?
First, “Memento Mori” in French refers to something that symbolizes death. The picture of three women with three different ages holding a golden thread in their hands reminds me of the three Moirai sisters, Atropos, Lachesis and Clotho in Greek mythology. Perhaps the image of the three women we meet in the game is also inspired by these three characters.
The first is the youngest brother Clotho, she is tasked with winding the threads of life around the reels, corresponding to the image of a young woman standing next to the spinning wheel at the beginning of the game. Next is Lachesis, the second sister who pulls the silk to decide the life of all living beings, corresponding to the statue of an elderly woman holding a porcelain doll. Finally, the eldest sister Atropos holds scissors to cut the silk thread, ending human life with the image of the broken golden thread and the old woman at the end of the game.
Thus, it can be said that the golden thread that Alicia always follows throughout the game is a symbolic image of each person’s life. And what we are going through in “MUE” is each specific stage in every woman’s life. From being a young girl full of vitality to entering middle age and desperately trying to keep a woman’s youth in old age.
I don’t know what you guys think about my analysis above? Do you guys think it makes sense or is there another more interesting theory? Please leave a comment to let me know.
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