Florence

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Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Released: February 2018, updated in 2020. Added to this library 4 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Overview

This is a little puzzle game that tells the story of a relationship, following the usual stages of loneliness, meeting, dating, falling for and moving in with another person. At first, the puzzle interactions seem trivial and the game doesn’t change depending on how well we do. But each puzzle is cleverly designed to reflect the story. Sometimes easy, when the relationship is going well; sometimes almost impossible, when the couple is struggling.

These interactions transform the emotional quality of the game and implicate us in what unfolds. It’s hand-drawn and full of whimsy but powerfully clears emotional space to consider the commitments, choices and priorities of relationships in our lives.

 
This game is good if you want to play BAFTA nominated games, play games without in-app purchases, process loss, engage your emotions or play your first video game.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

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

Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

Accessibility

System settings: Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more.


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