by Jameela Khan
‘Aaliyah’ is a modern day British “Western” about a young woman who arrives in a small town to avenge the death of her friend.
Through point-and-click gameplay, the player assumes the role of protagonist, Aaliyah, who is haunted by the memories of her last conversation with her friend, Eliza.
Retracing Eliza’s steps in the supermarket she used to worked in, Aaliyah takes up work as a lowly paid stock controller.
The player joins Aaliyah on her first day at work as she tries to discover what happened to Eliza and learns more about the motives for her death.
‘Aaliyah’ explores female friendship, gender and identity and is the first British game to feature a lead character of South Asian origin.