Originally released way back in 2013, KAMI (Japanese for “paper”) is a beautiful, origami-inspired puzzle game by State of Play. Here’s the release trailer:
Like so many games I’ve bought and promptly forgotten, I discovered KAMI during a Steam sale, but only began playing it earlier this week. I couldn’t have rediscovered it at a better time, honestly. For reasons various and sundry, I’ve been feeling a bit anxious and fidgety all week. KAMI has been my happy, little, paper-folding oasis in a desert of uncertainty. My lighthouse at the shores of doubt. My metaphor in a metaphor of a metaphor. Look how much more erudite I am just for playing it!
I tend to enjoy a lot of big budget, AAA, exploding-dragon-mounted-machine-gun types of games; and tend to play them to completion, often spending hundreds of hours on a single title. This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy quiet, quick, little, indie games. On the contrary, I enjoy them very much. It simply means I rarely have time to play them.
But, right now, there’s nothing in particular I’m committed to playing. [Honestly, beyond Uncharted 4 and the annual franchises, my roster is blank for the year.] So, I’m making time to go back and play the games that slipped through the cracks. I’ll be posting and/or live streaming these games, just in case you missed them too.
Today I played How Do You DO IT? created by Nina Freeman, Emmett Butler, Decky Coss, and Jonathan Kittaka at Global Game Jam 2014. In this free browser (or Steam) game, you play as a precocious little girl attempting to understand the logistics of sex, with little to go on other than the car scene from Titanic, some stuff your friend Mia told you, and two plastic, anatomically incorrect dolls.
How many times can you do sex before your mom comes home and catches you?
I did sex 103 times and I didn’t even get caught:
Not a terribly deep game nor one that warrants repeated plays, but it was certainly amusing and, ahem, relatable. It’s nice to see developers taking risks with chance-y subject matter, even if nothing explodes.
Or does it?
In upcoming ICYMI posts, I’ll be playing LYNE, The Novelist, KAMI, The Deer God, Plug & Play, Social Justice Warriors, and The Way of Life. Follow me on Twitch to catch a live stream or here on the blog for the posts. And, please leave a comment if there are any other games you think I need to play!
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