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Thomas Brush, creator of beloved Flash game Coma (opens in new tab), is back with a sequel eight years in the making: Once Upon A Coma, the story of protagonist Pete and his waking nightmare. Its Kickstarter campaign (opens in new tab) just launched, with Brush asking for $28,000 to wake Pete up. At the time of writing, it's raised $16,405 and will run for another 29 days. 

"After Pete wakes from a strange coma, he discovers things aren't exactly as he remembers," the Kickstarter reads. "His hometown is overrun with naughty children, and the grown-ups have vanished." 

Brush says Once Upon A Coma is indeed a direct sequel to Coma, but also describes it as a standalone game accessible to newcomers. Armed with your father's trust, rusty razor blade—Occam's razor (opens in new tab), to be precise—you set out on an "unashamedly Zelda-inspired" quest to collect piano pieces written by your missing sister so that you can play them yourself and decipher her whereabouts. 

Once Upon A Coma first caught our eye last November with a series of striking GIFs (opens in new tab), and even outside of Coma, we're plenty familiar with Brush's work. Last year, he released Pinstripe (opens in new tab), a fabulous adventure game about a former minister's descent through hell. 

Depending on the results of its Kickstarter, Once Upon A Coma is expected to release in fall 2018 on Steam, GOG and GameJolt. 

Austin Wood
Austin Wood

Austin freelanced for PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and has been a full-time writer at PC Gamer's sister publication GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a staff writer is just a cover-up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news, the occasional feature, and as much Genshin Impact as he can get away with.