A to Z of Gaming Me: H
I had other choices for H, but I recently started playing Hue, which was one of the PS Plus games a while back, or possibly now (I don’t care enough to check). It’s a little indie game based on colours and it’s got me hooked.
Hue sees you play as Hue, a smallish person tasked with helping a character you only interact with through letters you pick up and listen to. Through yoour adventure you aquire the ability to “see” colours.
When you start the game, the world is black and white and shades of grey. The sky is thundery and the sea dark. But pick up the light blue shade you find early in the game, allocated on PS4 to the right hand analog stick, and the world lights up. The sky goes back to normal and the sea looks less like an endless void and more swim-worthy.
With that blue, you can now remove blue obstacles, and removing obstacles means solving puzzles! And so the adventure goes, each colour removing obstacles and opening new pathways and puzzles for more colours. Puzzles aren’t (so far) massively taxing, but you often find yourself flicking between colours in the air and whilst on coloured blocks.,
The soundtrack is fairly relaxing (again, so far) and the one plausible threat that hasn’t been explained yet has only slight rumbles in the music. It’s a nice puzzler to wind down the day with, if that’s your sort of thing.
My other choices for H were games I’ve spent much longer in. Firstly we have the Harvest Moon series. However, I find myself preferring Stardew Valley for my farming hit and I feel once you’ve played one Harvest Moon, you’ve kind of played them all.
My alternate choice was the oddball – Hatoful Boyfriend. Yes, the pigeon dating Sim with a twist. I’m not a huge fan of visual novels, mostly because I read so much quicker than the game can progress. But I enjoyed the first couple of playthroughs of Hatoful. It oddly makes sense story wise, although there’s the question of why teacher pigeons are happy to enter relationships with students (without even considering pigeon/human relations).
But it’s an odd enjoyable little game – I just hated playing through several times with a guide for all the achievements.
Next week we struggle with the letter I. Not a huge amount of games for me to choose from….