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You Should Play: Device 6

Chris Holt | April 2, 2014
Device 6 is a surreal interactive puzzle and adventure game by Simogo, developer of the excellent thriller Year Walk. You play as Anna, who wakes in a strange place without a clue where she is and in desperate need for a cigarette--perhaps to alleviate her headache, caused due to her lack of breakfast. Ok, so the game doesn't exactly ratchet up the tension right out of the gate, but before long, that all shifts. You meet lunchroom mannequins and doll heads, and the spectre of doom is everywhere (if you're into that kinda thing).

Mist by way of Kafka: There's definitely an old-timey science fiction feel to Device 6, as the game is set in a series of strange supervillain-esque rooms, with a nefarious organization or persons just out of sight. The Continental sense of surrealism is both amusing at times and deeply unsettling at others. Without spoiling too much, you'll confront stuffed bears arguing with one another, screaming doll heads, and plenty of strange codes and references to doomsday. Even the in-game menus between the six chapters feature absurdist, tongue-in-cheek calibration screens that recall Portal's infamous Aperture Corporation.

All in all, Device 6 is a fun little world to get lost in — both familiar and delightfully weird.

Developer: Simogo
Platform:
 iOS (Universal)
Price:
 $4

 

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