Puzzlers & Platformers
I Expect You to Die – $25
Bond fans, look no further. You’ve found the game that puts you in a literal hot seat that tasks you with making a frantic escape from certain doom, orchestrated by the very Bond-esque villain Dr. Zor. This is a real headscratcher of a puzzle game that puts a big emphasis on object interaction (defuse the bomb, unscrew the panel to turn off the laser) and absolutely zero on locomotion, making it ideal for anyone who may be wary of motion-induced nausea.
Moss – $30
This plucky little platformer will have you awwwing over little Quill for a few solid hours, as you control your mouse-pal through a world fraught with puzzles, danger, and an environment that literally leaps out of the pages of a story book. It isn’t just a standard platformer though, where you control Quill with thumbstick and a smattering of buttons, rather you use your own to hands to interact with puzzle pieces throughout the environment to keep little Quill on here merry way.
Red Matter – $25
Adventuring through an off-world, soviet retro-future facility isn’t all fun and games. There’s a mystery to unfold as you figure out the games many puzzles along the way, all of it pointing to game of cat and mouse espionage. Take your time, decipher the signs with your handy dandy Volgarian translator, and make your way ever deeper into the bowels of the mysterious facility to uncover the truth.
Trover Saves the Universe – $30
From the co-creator of Rick and Morty Justin Roiland comes Trover Saves the Universe, a bit of an anti-puzzle platformer that focuses more on beat’em up gameplay and a real penchant for gross, weird and all of the stream-of-thought style humor you’d expect from Justin Roiland’s brain. I say ‘anti-puzzle’ not because there’s a lack of puzzles, but that they always seem to circumvent traditional mechanics in favor of getting a laugh.