The disarmingly slow Idaho wilderness highlights Backpacker as a reminder to take a deep breath and appreciate a life lived restfully.
Ladder Man is a Sisyphean chore down to its fundamentals.
popol maya is a philosophy expressed as a game. Its vibrant, often poorly communicated mythology only partly channels the game’s view on life.
This bait-and-switch roller coaster game captures none of the joy of building, riding, or even looking at a theme park ride. (It burned me out of the entire genre as a kid, so pardon me while I rip into it for a while.)
In the absence of a compelling lead character, story, or gameplay idea, Tlön shares none of the unreal intrigue of the short story that inspired it apart from perhaps its art.
This bleak resource trading game admirably holds onto hope and perseverance amid the tedious cold. (Except for the slavery stuff.)