Faculty Advisor

Chery, Farley James

Faculty Advisor

Smith, Gillian Margaret


The Call of Karen is a PC simulation comedy game about a 1950s suburban housewife whose home is invaded by Cthulhu. The player controls the titular housewife, Karen, who is trapped in an unhappy marriage taking care of an ungrateful child, and must keep up appearances in the face of a home gone mad. The goal of this MQP was to create a fun, funny, and full-fledged game of high enough quality to be released on a major distribution platform such as Steam or the Epic Games Store. We also wanted to create a compelling narrative that deconstructed the nostalgia associated with the 1950s by telling a story from the often neglected and demeaned perspective of a 1950s suburban housewife. This report describes the production process of The Call of Karen, as well as showcasing procedures.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted



Interactive Media & Game Development

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Computer Science