I don’t know if you judge games like I do — that is, if you focus more on the story and the writing than the puzzles. I don’t play games often, and I don’t follow the game blogs and the reviews, so you’ll have to forgive the misuse of jargon. What I’m saying is the games I usually play are slow and boring (compared to games like Borderlands 2) with huge blocks of texts and minimal gameplay. And by “minimal” I mean mouse clicks. Maybe click-and-drag when I feel magnanimous. The thing is, I am impatient, I have horrible hand-eye coordination, and I am lazy. To give you an idea, I tried playing a sample of the first-person survival horror game Amnesia, and quit after three minutes because I can’t open the door, and I can’t be bothered to learn how. (Sorry.)
So if you’re like me, you’ll love these games:
My Father’s Long Long Legs (Play Online) – Created by Michael Lutz. Protagonist’s father loses his job and locks himself in the basement, digging for years. I’ve played a handful of online interactive horror games before, and this is the best I’ve seen so far. Great writing, great use of the medium, with a story that gets under your skin.
It begins: My family lived on the southern edge of a certain Midwestern industrial city in an old house, old enough that its basement still had a dirt floor.
To the Moon (Get on Steam) (Listen to the soundtrack) – Created by Canadian designer and composer Kan “Reives” Gao, produced by Freebird Games. A cross between Inception and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. You control two scientists who are hired to create a dreamscape for a dying client that will help him die happy. The request involves going to the moon, but the client himself can’t tell you why he has such an intense desire. The task is to find out, and make it happen. It’s a story of love and memory that keeps you guessing, with a clever and effective gameplay. Poignant and heartbreaking.