Maquette is a neat puzzle game that packs an emotional punch – The Next Web

Can a video game make you cry? Its cliche as old as time. I think it was Steven Spielberg who talked about it in the late 90s. Infamous game industry charlatan Peter Molyneux was obsessed with the concept around the same time. It was discussed so much back then, that the discourse itself made me want to cry.

Surely people cried when Aeris died in Final Fantasy VII, others might have cried when Mario found out that the princess was in another castle. All that is to say that everyone has different emotional responses to works of art, and mine is comparable to that of an unfazed cow.

Im not sure if cows can feel emotions at all, but I am sure that a piece of media never made me cry. Thats not a brag, I wish I was the type to ball my eyes out at a gorgeous movie or a heart wrenching video game, but thats just not me. I didnt well up during The Last of Us and I didnt weep at the end of Titanic. Very cool and masculine, I know.

Playing Maquette, however, made me a little teary eyed.

Its developers describe Maquette as a first-person recursive puzzle game, which is technically correct but theres a lot more to it than that.

The game tells the story of a relationship that (spoiler, sorry) eventually goes stale. Its voice-acted by Bryce Dallas Howard (The Mandalorian) and her real-life husband Seth Gabel (Nip/Tuck), and it takes the player on a journey from the very start of the fling to its depressing end.

The story unfolds as you complete puzzles that are built around the games recursive setup. Its a bit hard to describe, but you basically have to manipulate objects in different sized copies of the world youre in.

At the start of the game you encounter a maquette thats an exact replica of the bigger environment you walk around in. You pick up a tiny little cube outside the maquette and you place it inside the miniature, where it forms a huge box that you can then use to traverse a gap.

The concept starts off pretty straightforward, but as you get deeper into the game youll have to wrack your brain on a bunch of complicated and beautifully crafted challenges.

The puzzle design in Maquette is top-notch and I had a lot of fun messing around to come up with a solution. Sometimes the controls and the mechanics were a bit finicky, but with some patience youll probably get through the whole thing without much frustration.

You dont often see games tackling real, human stories about mundane stuff like relationships, so it was refreshing to see Maquette tackle the subject. Both the writing and the voice acting are top-notch and the subject matter blends with the gameplay way better than youd expect.

Maquette is out today for PC, PS4, and PS5. PlayStation Plus members get it for free as part of their subscription, others will have to pay $19.99. If youre in the market for a well-designed puzzle game that tugs at the heartstrings, its well worth it.

Read next: SEO tools like SEONIFY help unlock the mystery of Google's search rankings

More here:
Maquette is a neat puzzle game that packs an emotional punch - The Next Web

Related Post

Comments are closed.