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Flywrench Review – Test your limits

Difficult games always feel like a test to see whether you’ll best whatever it throws at you or if it’ll prevent you from moving forward due to its challenges exceeding what you’re physically capable of. Before Flywrench, I hadn’t encountered any examples of the latter. Any time I stopped playing an extremely hard game was because I ran out of patience rather than it being due to an entire swath of the game was simply beyond me. I always expected that to be a frustrating experience, something that could instantly ruin a game no matter how much I’d enjoyed it up till then. Except in Flywrench’s case, it didn’t. It was quite refreshing, actually. Flywrench sees you navigating winding obstacle courses to activate satellites around our solar system. For what purpose remains unclear. A disembodied voice waxes philosophical between each planet, making allusions that your...
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Linelight delivers a calm, elegant puzzle solving experience

For a genre that seems tailor made to unwind with, I wouldn’t call most of the puzzle games I’ve played over the years relaxing. Tough, taxing; sometimes frustrating, but ultimately rewarding: those are the words I’d use to generally describe them. I love puzzle games, but they always have a habit of driving me up the wall eventually due to how inscrutable they all eventually become. What always begins as simple problem solving or logic puzzles soon transform into intricate webs that require intense mental gymnastics to work out. Means I end up getting fed up with them despite enjoying them. Linelight is different in that regard. It’s a puzzle game that trades on its calm atmosphere and straightforward but satisfying riddles. Linelight sees you moving a single sliver of light through a long, winding road, solving puzzles along the way. The puzzles often revolve...
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A Normal Lost Phone grapples with some interesting topics, but falters along the way

With how much personal data cell phones carry these days, the thought of losing one is terrifying. There’s a lot of damage one can do with even just a bit of access to someone’s life. With full access? I don’t even want to think about it. A Normal Lost Phone from developer Accidental Queens plays with this idea. It’s a game about searching a phone you randomly find on the ground to learn about its owner. A Normal Lost Phone sees you digging into the life of Sam. You find their phone and are immediately greeted by panicked messages from their father asking where they are, pleading for some kind of response to know they’re safe. By reading text messages, e-mails, and poking around their various online profiles, you piece together who Sam is and what happened to them. Every new text message you read,...
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