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I’d like to talk about puzzle games! Intense games can be fun, but I’m happiest when I can just chill out and try to work out a puzzle. It can be extremely frustrating when I’m completely stumped and have to look up a solution, especially when I should have been able to solve it, but I love the moment of realisation that some of the best puzzle games have where you figure out the one cool trick that ties the whole solution together.
Any of y’all like puzzle games? What’s your favourite, or what are you bamboozled by right now? I’m mostly thinking of puzzle adventures when I write this, games like Portal or Professor Layton, but competitive/quickfire games like Tetris or Tetris DX or New Tetris are fair game too.
Here’s a puzzle game I’ve been playing to start off with:
I just finished The Fool and His Money, the sequel to The Fool’s Errand, both by Cliff Johnson. These are eerie puzzle games about the Fool, the tarot card arcana, bumbling into other tarot cards and solving word games. I didn’t actually like a lot of the puzzles in Money, as they focus on anagrams and word squares and other types of puzzle I’m bad at. But what I love about the Fool games is that their puzzle solutions feed into huge metapuzzles that feel like solving the whole game - they both have scrambled maps that you have to assemble piece by piece according to clues in other puzzles as you figure them out. I can’t think of many other games quite like this.
Also you should look at Cliff Johnson’s newsletter. It’s so earnest. He’s delighted to have found these funny photos on the internet.