Rewind to July 4th, my wife’s due date. For medical reasons, she had to be induced that night, which began the labor process. From start to finish, labor was about 26 hours. One thing I learned over this time is that there is a lot of down time in labor, especially for the dad. Don’t get me wrong, I was there as support for my wife the whole time, but there were times I just wasn’t needed. And so, I turned to my phone.
When I want to play a puzzle game, I tend to go for games that are low pressure: no timer, no move counters, nothing like that. I like to take my time and feel like I can put a game down when it’s frustrating me. Up Left Out definitely delivers my ideal experience in a puzzle game.
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.
It’s extremely rare that I lead an article with a content warning and then proceed to talk about a game I enjoy quite a bit, but that’s the case with Dr. Meep, a match-three puzzle game where you play the role of a telepathic therapist progressively helping cartoonish characters through various mental issues via a match-three puzzle interface with a twist.
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.