Destination Review: Florence

Florence is, most of all, a story about finding your passion and happiness. Florence is the name of the main character–the events are from her point of view. According to an interview with the creator, she’s a 25-year-old Chinese-Australian girl working a desk job. She wakes up every morning, gets on the train, works her job, then comes home and watches TV. She has a very set routine, until she hears cello music coming from an Indian musician named Krish and becomes enamored of him.

Simulation games aren’t something I’m super familiar with. I trend towards puzzle games or match-three style games when I’m mobile gaming. During one of our meetings Greenheart Games’ Game Dev Tycoon came up, and I was intrigued. I decided to give it a try just for giggles and ended up really, really enjoying it.

I’m a big fan of simplicity in my games. Dots: A Game About Connecting really scratches an itch for me and is a game that I return to over and over again. If you’re a puzzle fan looking to just relax and connect, Dots is the game for you.

True to its name, Photographs is played within a frame that is reminiscent of a digital camera, and you find each puzzle and its attached story by zooming in with your camera and focusing on the right object in the scene. At the top of the screen, a hint at where to focus is displayed. I found the hints to be rather easy to follow, which saved me from frustration. But there’s a lot of depth here.

Greenheart says at one point they lost 400 reviews, then the next day lost 430 reviews, followed by drops of 655 and “500-plus,” respectively. That’s a staggering number of reviews, an the question here is whether or not they were legitimate. Greenheart says they are, and at this time, there is no reason to suspect otherwise given the response on Twitter and general positivity surrounding the game’s Android release.

Even when I hit the score of 10000000, I found myself needing to max out everything I could. The door was open, there for me to leave. But I didn’t. And I don’t really want to.