Plug and Play – The Brief

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A course on advanced plug mechanics

Some games aim to tell a story while others just want to treat you to some easy entertainment. Then.., then there are games like Plug and Play. While it will entertain, I think that this ten minute game just wanted to leave people scratching their heads.



 

There are many games that run around at the moment calling themselves “simulators.” This is one of the few games out there which could have had some real fun with that kind of title. It has taken something simple, a plug, and extrapolated a story of sorts. It doesn’t really have a beginning, a middle or an end. From when you pick it up to when you put it down, it just seems to be a mass of… stuff.


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It is in the form of old flash games. This kind of game didn’t used to cost money, but it does hark back to a different era of games.This game seems to explore an abstract concept, I am not too sure what abstract concept that is… but it does a jolly good job of being abstract about it. The simple lined graphics and the point and click interface guides the player through the game. You plug things in, and unplug them. It is not much, but it gets a bit stranger as you play.

This is a 15 minute game, at its longest. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it, but I would definitely tell you to play it if you have it.

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...