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Take a walk with Alzheimer's disease in this short video game

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Alzheimer's disease, and any form of dementia, can place a great burden on those who love and care for someone suffering from it. The brief, poignant flash game Alz tries to tell the other side of the struggle: what it's like to go about the day when your memory is so displaced and filled with gaps.

Alz is credited to Dylan Carter, a 21-year-old animator who built the game for Stencyl Jam 2014, a Newgrounds contest that ended just yesterday. It was built with Stencyl, a drag-and-drop creation tool that allows users to build 2D video games. The winner of the game jam receives $500 and an extended license for the tool.

Alz has simple left-right commands and a space button to interact. The game takes about two minutes to complete.

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