Will Love Tear Us Apart? is a free-to-play browser-game about relationships on the brink of breaking up. It is inspired by Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart and follows the song in delivering a dark and frustrating perspective on love. This project uses game design as an art form and has come up with a uniquely interesting concept.

For the uninitiated, Joy Division were one of the influential acts that pioneered the post-punk movement of the late 1970s. Love will tear us apart is one of the iconic songs that reflected frontman Ian Curtis’s failing marriage and frame of mind leading to his suicide in 1980.

The game itself is hauntingly bleak and dark, a true tribute to Joy Division’s classic. Each verse of the song is represented by a level in the game, with an emphasis on an emotive experience through thematic words.

Will love tear us apart “encourages players to reflect on the darker side of love: mis-communication, emotional impasse and the sadness of separation.” Using an artistic blend of surrealism to get its message across, the game’s ambition to “frustrate, upset and sting the player into remembering the dark days preceding the death of a relationship” succeeds.

However, ultimately, “Solace may be found in the brief moment of lightness that comes over us when we come to terms with the reality of an irreconcilable relationship.”

There will be parts where you have no idea what you are doing, trying to figure it out. A deliberate attempt by the developers to frustrate to player to hopelessness, much like a dying relationship. 

You can now play the game for free here –