Putting aside the enigma of why game form is challenged while books can be books and films can be films, not everyone takes equally well to the game genre with no apparent goal but to encounter novel stimuli, a phenomenon which is usually a logical and implicit side effect of most games. Picture Yume Nikki, only 3D, with six main characters and one central location, a large forest with randomly generated layout.
Point and click adventures, RPG Maker games, logic games, and straight up puzzles.
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The inhabitants of “Fran Bow’s” fantastic world are as companionable as a night-time romp with your stuffed animals — one of the game’s selling points is even the “50+ interactive unique characters with unique personalities.” Unique personalities!
“Hets” by Ditto is a rainbow-rific platform shooter in a magical land of bugs and unhealthy anger coping strategies. Using a heavy-quotations “rifle” end-heavy-quotations, you must trek through 16 randomly generated levels disposing of evil statues and more hostile alien creatures than you can fit in your grandma’s sock drawer, collecting upgrades along the way. Also featuring a review of the much-more-appealing Murder at the Residence Gudul by Sparklin Labs.
The presentation of “All the Way Down” is professional grade, as far as the uber-indie world is concerned. They have real falling snow when it’s supposed to be snowing and sounds that pan depending on where your character is walking. Snow crunching from left to right! The future is now, everybody.