Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom

The Odd Gentlemen

The title character in The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, a side-scrolling, Mario-style videogame, loves pie, but don’t let the simplicity of his desire convince you that the game is simplistic. This thesis project by students in USC’s Interactive Media program employs an old-timey, silent movie motif as the stage for the Chaplin-esque Winterbottom — the game’s only character — to be hero, villain, and stooge (often simultaneously). He must clone himself in order to reach and obtain all the pies on each game level, yet the cloning process warps the very fabric of time. The complexity charms and engages the brain rather than severely taxing it, and the puzzles will engross the thinking gamer.