A downloadable game for Windows

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a short intermedia adaptation of the same name Civil War story written by Ambrose Bierce.

Besides the title screen and opening credits, there are no words within the game spoken or written, allowing a wider audience to immerse themselves within the story.

The original story can be read here.

“A tes­ta­ment to how video games can be used to tell a story.“

“It's thought-provoking and emo­tion­ally grip­ping, should you let it be“

“It embod­ies some­thing very rare in gam­ing today – a very strong and com­pelling mes­sage that demon­strates how game design can be an art and how video games can be used to tell a story.“

“It appears James… has suc­ceeded in blur­ring the dis­tinc­tion between read­ing a story and actu­ally being put in the role of the pro­tag­o­nist.“

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More information

Published2 years ago
AuthorJames Earl Cox III
Player countSingleplayer


An_Occurrence_at_Owl_Creek_Bridge.exe (57 MB)