For four years, chronic pain has been a part of my and my partner’s life. With chronic pain, not pushing to do too much too fast is essential. Snails are a great embodiment of this ethos, and thus became an important symbol for our relationship.

Snail Love is a collection of nine small games exploring connections between humans and snails. In the collection, themes such as moving slow and protecting yourself from a harsh world are explored through a variety of traditional game tropes as well as techniques emphasizing poetry and narrative over classic player action. The result is a heartfelt ode to snails.

About the author(s)


I'm a game maker living and working in Austin, Texas. My recent work is heavily informed by (and often contains) poetry. Drawing on my own life, love, and faith, I try to create a small moment, image, or feeling for the player as powerfully as I can.

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Sam Potasznik