Every once in a while a game comes along with a message that gut punches you. It reminds you that the world is a cruel place full of people just trying to navigate their lives in difficult situations. My Child Lebensborn is one of those games: it is not an escapist game by any means. Not that escapism is a bad thing – I think that there’s great value in not thinking about your problems for a little bit.
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.
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.
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.
Bust-A-Move Journey is a match-three style game that boasts hundreds of levels of bubble-popping fun, wherein you complete different kinds of “targets” — saving “Chack’n” (small, cute little creatures trapped in the bubbles), reaching a specific score, or a myriad of other things.