Square Off is a battle quiz built as a companion piece to Polygon.com's Final Fantasy 7: An oral history. Players answer questions about Final Fantasy 7 lore, development, or culture without taking too much damage from incorrect answers. This project was developed in a partnership between the JoLT Initiative and Vox Media's Storytelling Studio over the course of five months. The goal of the game was to create an experience wherein the knowledge gained from the long-form story improved the player's score.
This game was codeveloped by Cherisse Datu, Kelli Dunlap, and myself. We also collaborated on a Storytelling Studio blog post called Gaming for news: What is it and why do we believe it can be important? Play Square Off and test your FF7 mettle here.