An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Student Entrant 2014

Miami University of Ohio
James Earl Cox III


An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a game adaptation of the Civil War story of the same name written by Ambrose Bierce. Besides the title and credits, it tells a story without the use of any game dialogue, be it text or audio. As such, the story is conveyed through the use of pixel styled graphics, diegetic sounds, and minimal controls. These allow the player to more freely explore the story, encouraging the use of imagination to interpret the art and build the narrative as they progress. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is able to move the player through a deep, historical story within the span of 5 minutes without the use of words.