Adventure + Puzzles
I Expect You to Die 2 – $25
You need to play the first in the series, but not because you’ll miss any truly important plot points. I Expect You to Die 2 does a great job of filling you in before lining up another deadly slate of object-based puzzles that you need to frantically defuse. Really, you can’t go wrong with either if you’re looking for just one death-defying puzzle game at a time. Maybe the voice of Wesley Crusher (also known as ‘Wil Wheaton’ outside of Star Trek lore) will assuage you to play the sequel first?
Moss & Moss II Bundle Pack – $56
This plucky little platformer franchise will have you awwwing over little Quill 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, 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.
Dropping $56 on two games you may or may not like sounds like a big ask, but it’s definitely worth it. To put it in perspective, that’s only $26 more than buying the first in the series alone (which we totally recommend).
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. We’re really close to Red Matter II releasing, so we might see some movement on the list if it’s as good as the original.