Czech studio Amanita Design, known for its unusually cute and whimsical games, has announced a new project – Phonopolis.

It’s another adventure, but this time paper one and not as fairy tale as previous Amanita projects. Moreover, Phonopolis raises very complex issues of totalitarianism and propaganda, and in the press release, the authors generally quote 1984 by George Orwell.

“Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.” George Orwell, 1948.

Phonopolis will explore the authoritarian regime as well as the impact of constructivism, futurism, and suprematism on society, and their use as a tool of propaganda. By the way, the concept art and graphics of the game were certainly created under the influence of avant-garde art of 1910-1930.

Music for Phonopolis was written by the same Tomasz Dvorak, who was the composer of Machinarium, Samorost, and Pilgrims. Unlike other Amanita Design games in Phonopolis, the story will be told in the voice of a narrator, not just fictional fake language and graphics.

The new game is being developed for many platforms, but there is no release date in Phonopolis yet. But there is a Steam page, so you can add the game to your wish list.