So in looking for games with interesting means of immersion and storytelling, I stumbled on the Cube Escape series of puzzle room games. Completely free to play, it’s nine short games by indie company Kongregate, all completely free to play. Full disclosure here: at the time of writing I’ve only played the first five and completed the first four.
The first one was absolutely brilliant. It’s weird, surreal, interesting and engaging. The narrative is really well-done: as the reality of what’s happened (happening?) becomes clearer, you find yourself more and more driven to delve into the puzzles, which all make sense within the twisted logic of the world, and are clever and varied enough to keep you engaged. The second one was frankly pretty lousy but the third and fourth entries were good.
Gameplay is simple—point and click. You’re in a room. You can look at the four walls and the ceiling. You can zoom in on certain objects and interact with them. It’s brilliant for when you’ve got a toddler sleeping on your chest and you’re rocking an infant with your foot—or when you just want to have some engaging but not overly taxing brain time. It’s good alone on the bus or with others. It’s a different way of telling a story.
Check them out.
They’re playable on iOS and Android, and because it’s also available to play in a browser, it’s basically available on any platform.