Mobile games are usually about twitching or grinding or paying through the nose for in-app purchases. Rarely do we get a game that involves anything more than the basest of emotions. Yet, here comes Florence, a tale of love that has got grown men and women experiencing actual emotion in this simple touchscreen tale of love.
With hand-drawn visuals and simple puzzles, broken down across a series of chapters, the game was launched on Valentine’s Day. It follows Florence over a few days that could be pretty similar to our own, checking up on social media, doing some spreadsheet work in the office, all of which you can join in with fun interactions.
Feel the force in Florence
Florence is getting rave reviews, but more importantly, is stirring up plenty of love online. So many indie games become darlings of the playing community, but this is a title that could attract almost anyone and everyone, and help more people enjoy some gaming on their smartphone or tablet.
— 💀Trevor Dikes @ GDC💀 (@TrevorDikes) February 14, 2018
The game comes from Mountain, a new studio, but designer Ken Wong gave us the enigmatic puzzler Monument Valley, and this will fit into the likes of Journey and other minimalist classics as games that cross boundaries and genres. Enjoy Florence now on iOS, coming soon to Android, and hopefully consoles.
On the game’s description page they comment, “Florence Yeoh feels a little… stuck. Her life is an endless routine of work, sleep, and spending too much time on social media. Then one day, she meets a cello player named Krish who changes everything about how she sees the world and herself.”
Whatever your view of gaming, giving Florence a try will be well worth just a few bucks and a couple of hours of your time. It’s available now on the iTunes store for iOS devices.
YouTube: FLORENCE | Launch Trailer
Photo credit: Annapurna Interactive