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Video GameRuya Review
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Posted: 11 weeks ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GrowingUpGamers and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Ruya is a narrative puzzle game about a mother on a journey of healing after love leaves her. You play as Ruya, meditating and remembering important parts of her life, shown through simple matching puzzles, with each colour tied to one of her children. Between puzzles are short scenes that help you understand her story.

Play consists of matching the patterns that Ruya thinks about, using pieces of the same colour. Some are as simple as 2 next to each other, but others are more complicated shapes that require careful planning. As the game progresses you gain quite a bit of flexibility in how you solve the puzzles.

There's a twist. Each colour represents one of her children and you need to make a certain number of matches with the right children to pass the level. The game uses recorded audio of nature and binaural sounds to accentuate emotions while playing. It's thought that binaural sounds can increase focus, relaxation, or sleep, depending on the frequencies.

The result is a low-stress, relaxing game with a refreshing take on the match-3 formula. You journey with Ruya as she works to come to terms with her emotions. In the audio, visuals and metaphors it's a game can entertain, challenge and moves you.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/11/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Sequencing

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: @Miracle Tea (@MiracleTea_)

Players: 1

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players can enjoy the puzzles, although the emotional and parenting aspects will chime more strongly with adults.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Ruya Accessibility Report documents 30 accessibility features:
When the Binaural Beats slider is turned up and the you have headphones on, the effect of the can enhance the meditative-trance feeling of accompanying Ruya on her journey of meditation, reflection, and healing.

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