Inspired by Harmony Korrine's experimental black comedy Trash Humpers, Cookies is an abstract display of frivolous substance abuse courtesy from the other side of the tracks.
Featuring PS1-styled graphics and a hazy VHS video quality, Cookies is a nonlinear narrative game set in a squalid apartment rife with substance abuse, crime, poverty and hyper-violence. Choosing to forgo any direct form of story development, the player is instead given the liberty to roam the housing complex however they so please. Coming across a myriad of different items they can acquire, players can embark on numerous different story paths determined by their use of said items and interactions with the building's other tenants, similar to a "choose-your-own adventure" novel.
Aside from Trash Humpers, the ethos of VHS horror films, the Satanic Panic of the 1980's and bizarre tales of murderers like the Son of Sam and Ricky Kasso serve as major inspirations for the art direction and iconography of the game. Cookies will feature 12 planned endings, with vastly different outcomes and requirements needed to experience them.
Cookies has been a work in progress since January 2020, with a demo available showcasing 2 story paths.