Photographed by Rockie Nolan.
The side-scroller was created by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, both NYC high school students who met at this summer's Girls Who Code program. The game itself is simple, but genius: Players have to make their way across the screen, shooting enemies with tampons and grabbing boxes of even more tampons. If you run out, it's game over.
"Although the concept of the video game may be strange," Gonzales and Houser write in the game's intro, "it's stranger that our society has accepted and normalized guns and violence through video games, yet we still find tampons and menstruation unspeakable."
"Hopefully, menstruation will be [more] normal...than guns and violence in our society," the game's creators add. "Normal enough to place in a video game without a second thought." Amen to that. Because, there are way worse things you can open-carry than tampons.
Photo: Courtesy of Tampon Run.