May 20, 2014
February 8, 2012
MIRRORMOON (windows, mac) is a brief first-person puzzle-exploration game that might last 5 to 15 minutes, depending on how quickly you figure things out. You are given very little context for how to proceed. You are on a mostly barren red planet. Another planet is visible in the sky. Perhaps it's blocking your view of the sun, perhaps not. Text on screen tells you to use WASD to move. Later the mouse will start working as well, but not in the way you're used to.
December 22, 2011
After playing through the brief first person puzzler Soliloquy (browser plugin: Unity) my vision still seems a bit out of focus. The goal is to get from start to exit, but towards the end of the third level you gain the ability to split your consciousness into two, each perspective displaying on half the 'pixels' of the screen, the two interleaved in a checkerboard pattern. A few of the puzzles rely on maneuvering your two selves back into unity. At times there are obstacles only one half of you can see.
October 31, 2011
Against the Wall (in-browser through Unity, download also available) is a 3-D, first-person perspective game current in Alpha in which you are tasked with traversing a sheer wall-face. Clicking the mouse will cause the blocks that make up the wall to protrude or retract, allowing you to puzzle your way through a path that will lead you (presumably) higher and higher. Some small touches make this utterly compelling: the blocks have momentum and can push you off your footing; if you're standing on a block as you command it to protrude, you'll be carried along with it, away from the wall. There also appears to be at least one civilization built up along the wall. In this Alpha build, there are at least three events/surprises for you to discover. The final release (date unspecifies) promises much more. [more inside]