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Square Heart Flower

Hip To Be Square

Square Heart Flower reveals the deepest desires of the humble cube.

By Jason Reich • June 4, 2013

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Square heart flower. Square heart bread. Tragically, square not have hands with which to collect all the things that square heart. That’s where you come in, wandering around a quiet black-and-white island populated by a handful of brightly colored cubes. The cubes communicate their deepest desires in symbols reminiscent of those logic problems from a 10th-grade math textbook. Your job is to figure out exactly what these sentient squares want and how to get it. What a nice guy you are. I just hope all these squares heart everything you’re doing for them.

Unfortunately, what at first appears to be an engaging exercise in code-breaking turns out to be a disappointingly simple affair. Like many games whipped up in a mere weekend for the popular Ludum Dare game jam, Square Heart Flower is more a proof of concept than a complete product. Still, that concept is a good one. The stark environment feels peaceful and creepy at the same time, and, at least initially, parsing the cubes’ strange requests is an interesting challenge. I’d happily play a more developed version of the game with an expanded vocabulary and wider variety of tasks to complete. In its current iteration, though, this mysterious island is a nice place to visit, but I can’t entirely say I heart it.

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2 Responses to “Hip To Be Square”

  1. The_Helmaroc_King says:

    Prepare yourself… for CUBE!