I got to beta test this, and it was amazing. Exploration and environmental puzzling with a sublime atmosphere, the world here feels vibrant and alive and real - as if it exists on its own, for itself, and you have to adapt to it and become part of its ecology. At the same time, it questions your stumbling efforts to understand and manipulate the world around you. You are an outsider - what is your role? Do you even have one?
Fish Tank Makeover just made my day. It starts out amusing, and ends up going farther than you think.
Some clever use of bitsy's limitations, and a cute world to explore, plus adorable dancing.
Minimalist pixel art, a two-dimensional interactive poem. Lovely.
This game is a revelation in storytelling. It is so simple - a few components whose interaction triggers bits of epic poetry and whose animation symbolically illustrates the progression of the tale. It transcends its simplicity to become iconic and profound.
Simple but gets the job done. Few individual levels are difficult per se, but the flow that develops as you learn the patterns and strategies over many levels is satisfying.
This game is devilishly difficult. It demands perfection. I gave up in frustration partway through, but I still love the music, the world, and most of all, the little white pixel cat you play as.
Atmospheric - it expands beyond the boundaries of its small size with a dramatic soundtrack, the perfect color scheme, and most of all, eerie poetic dialogue form melancholic, mysterious characters.
It's nice to visit a diverse, friendly world with a robot exploring what it means to be sapient. It's kind of an uplifting Saturday morning cartoon version of Blade Runner.
This is the core of what I'd want from No Man's Sky. A contained exploration experience, with moments of true delight - I ate cosmic shrimp!