MY MAG­PIE, SOUND OF MY TOWN, AND BEAM TEAM

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DE­VEL­OPER NO MOSS STU­DIOS • RE­LEASE RE­LEASED • PRICE 32 GAMES FOR $ 5 AND OTHER PAY­MENT OP­TIONS www.pa­treon.com/NoMossS­tu­dios

As you may know, I love tiny, beau­ti­fully-made games; games you can de­vour dur­ing your cof­fee break. I must ad­mit, how­ever, when No Moss Stu­dios told me they were show­ing 32, one made each month, I had to sup­press an “Oh no.” Surely, they couldn’t be any good. Pun­ters were cer­tainly en­joy­ing them at PAX, how­ever, and now, sit­ting down with a lit­tle col­lec­tion, sug­gested by the de­sign­ers, I’m on my third cof­fee al­ready. With mu­sic, pleas­ant art, lit­tle nar­ra­tives and easy to un­der­stand me­chan­ics, they are a tri­umph of scope - an ab­so­lute treat.My Mag­pie is about res­cu­ing a mag­pie with a busted leg, feed­ing him scraps and com­ment­ing on the ob­jects he col­lects for you, from around your room. With end­less, lovely pi­ano mu­sic and lit­tle em­bel­lish­ments, like the bird’s eyes fol­low­ing your cur­sor around the screen, I al­most missed the end­ing. So, they’re in­ter­ac­tive sto­ries? Some are, oth­ers aren’t. Sound of My Town is a min­i­mal­ist builder that works like a TenoriOn, with ev­ery place­able thing hav­ing a pitch, tim­bre and rhyth­mic lo­ca­tion. The only ques­tion is, are you build­ing a town or a piece of mu­sic? Can you do both?

Pos­si­bly the hard­est game to play while you ac­tu­ally drink cof­fee is Beam Team, in which you de­stroy plan­ets, de­spite their best ef­forts to de­fend them­selves. Just be­cause these games are small, doesn’t mean they don’t some­times re­quire great skill. De­vel­oper, Daum Park, says, “We are cu­ri­ous and pas­sion­ate about short form games that can have huge emo­tional im­pacts on play­ers in a small amount of time.” Works for me and my cof­fee. Ac­cess to all 32 of these de­lights, and fu­ture games, is pur­chased for the bar­gain price of $5 through Pa­treon.

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