The experience of fleeing communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s has shaped a fascinating survival horror driving game

This article titled “The man who made a video game inspired by escaping the secret police” was written by Chris Priestman, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 29th November 2016 09.00 UTC

Ondřej Švadlena’s open-world driving game doesn’t look like any other. The cars are old and beat up, there are no timers or cheering crowds, and the California sun is nowhere to be seen. Instead, a brown murkiness hangs over the entire world, lending it an eerie and oppressive quality. This is a driving game inspired, not by long pleasure drives along some Pacific highway, but by a childhood spent living in and eventually fleeing the Soviet bloc.

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