Hi everyone and welcome to the latest installment of My Week Unwrapped, where I discuss all the games I’ve been playing over the last seven days. You may notice this is a day late, as I usually publish these on Monday. But I had to take my poor kitty to the vet yesterday and was distracted and forgot all about it. It’s a short one anyway, as once again I’ve been playing games that haven’t been released yet. Still these are games very worth discussing. So, without further ado, I bring you My Week Unwrapped.
I’d been looking forward to Mountains Studio’s Florence for a while now, since Ken Wong, the lead designer on Monument Valley, was the creative director. I knew it was not going to be a puzzle game, but more of an interactive experience, so I had my expectations in check. And what we got is a really unique way of telling a very relatable story, even if the story itself can be a bit predictable. A big highlight for me was the soundtrack, but the whole experience is very special. It’s not going to be for everyone, and some may regret spending $3 on it. But I think if you know what you’re getting before going in, you won’t be disappointed. You can read my full review here and watch some gameplay video below to see if it looks like something you’d enjoy.
I still really like the puzzles in Death Squared, but find the slipperiness if the cubes a bit off-putting. I wrote a review-in-progress last week for its iOS release, and I go into detail there about what I like and don’t like about the game. So I recommend reading that to see if it’s something you would enjoy or just get frustrated with and quit early on.
Ahhh Purrfect Date. I really wanted to love this one. I was looking forward to it, as I’m a cat person and it sounded silly and quirky in just the right ways. But I found the writing killed the pacing, making it feel like a slog instead of a fun little adventure with a mystery to unravel. I also made a mistake by trying specific choice to see what would happen, and I think it caused me to miss out on seeing the proper ending. I don’t want to start a new game now, even if there are eighteen endings to uncover. It does have its moments, though, and I really did want to unravel the mystery. But not badly enough to play it all again. If you want to see whether the writing is to your tastes, I recommend watching some of my first video. It doesn’t spoil anything, as the first 20 minutes or so don’t even involve any real choices. But it would give you an idea whether it’s something you’d enjoy or not. I also wrote a short review and embedded all my gameplay videos here.
I enjoyed Luca Redwood’s You Must Build a Boat, which released in 2015. I considered buying his first game, 10000000, but it looked like a step back from YMBAB, so it seemed unnecessary. But it’s on sale this week for just $0.99 and I decided to take a chance on it. I’m still not convinced it’s necessary to play if you already have YMBAB, as it feels very similar. But if you’re looking for more of it and have a buck lying around, there are worse ways to spend your money. It seems like the goal is to get a score of 10000000 and then you’ll be free. As with YMBAB, you earn coins and materials from each run and then use them to pay for upgrades that will make you stronger and more likely to last longer and therefore get a higher score. You can check out my short gameplay video below to see what it’s like and decide if you want to buy it. If you haven’t played YMBAB, though, I believe that’s on sale as well and you should grab that first!
I started playing Hydropuzzle a little while back and got stuck on it. The game goes way over my head, but since it was on sale for free this week, people were looking to my walkthrough for help and I decided to finally finish it. If you don’t mind a good challenge with puzzles that ask you to look outside the game for information or have outside knowledge, give it a try. But it is not an easy game.
And that’s everything I’ve been up to this week! Let me know what you’ve been playing in the comments section and I’ll see you back here next time with more of My Week Unwrapped!