What Lilly sees is about to change her life forever.... Help our heroine through a variety of enchanting environments brimming with magic and wonder, as she seeks to rewrite the past, change the present, and unlock the ultimate mystery. Geeta Games presents an animated point-and-click adventure for all ages: Lilly Looking Through.
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Release Date: Nov 1, 2013

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“This gentle and heartwarming puzzle/adventure game is well worth playing”
8/10 – Destructoid

“Few games pass the time more pleasantly than Lilly”
Indie Game Magazine

“Lilly Looking Through is simply a beautiful game ... If you like the idea of spending a relaxed afternoon experiencing a magical, funny, and gently challenging game, then here we have a little gem that’s absolutely worth your time and money”
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What Lilly sees is about to change her life forever....
Help our heroine through a variety of enchanting environments brimming with magic and wonder, as she seeks to rewrite the past, change the present, and unlock the ultimate mystery. Geeta Games presents an animated point-and-click adventure for all ages:
Lilly Looking Through.

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Evil Panda
2.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
Very short game, am kind of on the fence about this one, while it wasnt overly challenging and had a semi interesting storyline, i think the constant delay in actions and having to watch repetitive actions repeated over and over while trying to complete the puzzles just became a bore. While this game only takes about 90 mintues to complete atleast half of it is spent watching the animation of your character doing the limited options of commands you tell them to
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blueskiesagain
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
Pros: Beautiful visuals, great concept.
Cons: Execution, mechanics

I really want to like this game, it looks great, some of the game concept are interesting (The goggle thing which transports you between two worlds).
But unfortunately it is a game about frustration, and not exploration.

The first thing that will frustrate you is the animation speed. It’s so slow. I have eaten dinner, having a bite between each click while waiting for the animation to finish.

The second things, is the fact that the puzzles are arbitrary. It’s a matter of pure guess work. There’s no indication of what the game wants us to do. You need to press buttons in a certain sequence, which has no meaning. The hint option is completely useless – often pointing at objects I can’t interact with yet because I haven’t solved the previous puzzle.

The more pieces a puzzle has, the more frustrating it is. One has a total of 6 pieces (3, each having 2 settings), which you have to arrange in a certain way and interact with in a certain order, to get a completely random colour result. You don’t even know when you solved the puzzle – because you have to go to a different map and interact with a different puzzle to see if your colour was the right one.

The game mechanic rules change on the fly with no indication that it happens. You can’t click on anything during animation. But on one occasion you can and have to, in a certain timing.

While this game is short, I wouldn’t recommend for anyone to spend their 2 hours on it. There are many point and click games which are better than this.
It feels like someone’s first attempt at a game, who doesn’t yet understand game concepts to make it any good.
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Biscuit
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 19
I started the game, with low expectations. Some kid was kidnapped by a ribbon before shouting something fairly vulgar. I then got stuck at a bubble puzzle about 2 screens in because I evidently have the mental capacity of a potato.
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Biffidus
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 1
Boring.
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dixie_kiwi
3.7 hrs
Posted: July 19
Lilly Looking Through is a very sweet little game. It's short, not too difficult, yet an enjoyable game if you like adventure and puzzle solving. Most puzzles are solved by trying things out and noticing how what you did effected the other parts of the scene. I admit I did have to get help on an underwater color/sound puzzle. Overall, Steam always has great sales - get this one on sale and spend an hour or so learning about Lilly and her world.
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dysphorya
2.0 hrs
Posted: July 5
Lilly Looking Through is a sweet, short game that should take you 2-3 hours to complete. I agree with most of the points raised in the negative reviews, however. Furthermore, I was chagrined to find that the puzzles in the levels of the demo were more difficult than those later in the game -- as a result, after paying for the full game (which nicely unlocked the rest of the levels and kept my demo progress), I found that the remaining gameplay went by too easily and quickly. Despite these considerations, I did wholly enjoy LLT for its casual, relaxing experience and recommend it for the following reasons and with the following cautions:
  • Animations: Lilly, the boy (her brother?), and the creatures are all beautifully animated, and it is a joy to watch the great care that went into their movements. The animations are reminiscent of the hand drawn Don Bluth style. Note that if you're generally growing impatient, having to repeat many steps of a puzzle, or in a hurry to wrap up the game, the movements and gestures can turn puzzles into a painful grind, since there is no way to skip through them.

  • Music and Sound: The music is gentle and soothing -- a light, synthesized symphonic background that, with the background and action sounds, help with immersion. Everything is a good fit for the artistic style and game's pace.

  • Mechanics: This is a slow game. Lilly doesn't move quickly -- while this shows off the already-mentioned animation care, it becomes laborious in places that you have to repeat actions. If you need her to pull a lever, you'll need to watch her walk to the lever, get into position, pull the lever, then move away from the lever, and walk back to her starting point. This happens every time. The only instance where I saw a mechanics shortcut was in a jumping puzzle: on Lilly's first jump to a landing point, she kicked up some dust and sneezed. It was cute, and the sneeze only happened on the first jump. The game would have benefited from similar and even more ruthless trimming throughout. Otherwise, because of the game's simplicity, the mechanics are pretty clear in most cases. Actionable objects have only one (at most, two) options, and the cursor is obvious when searching for trigger areas.

  • Puzzles: I did not struggle as much with the puzzles in LLT as I often do with other point-and-click games. Be aware that, typical for its genre, there will be some solutions that are utterly arbitrary. As you'll read in other reviews, color plays a big role in this game, and it can be bewildering why a particular color leads to a solution any more than another. Despite this, the color logic itself is sound: you'll need to be familiar with basic, additive color theory (e.g., blue + red = purple; therefore purple - blue = red). I liked that the game is careful to introduce and train the player on these elements before moving into more complicated, multi-step color puzzles. I found that the "?" button for hints was usually enough to get me through the tougher situations.

  • Story: I found that the premise and plot are the biggest issues with the game as a cohesive unit. The Store Page "About This Game" summary doesn't give the player much of a lead-in. We're told, "Help our heroine through a variety of enchanting environments brimming with magic and wonder, as she seeks to rewrite the past, change the present, and unlock the ultimate mystery." However, the game doesn't come close to this description -- you won't "rewrite the past" or "unlock the ultimate mystery," and it's important to know this when going into LLT. The only way this game works from a plot perspective is to take it at face value. A little girl is looking for a little boy, and she must explore an environment where her magical goggles allow her to slip between and use elements of two universes/planes to ultimately find him. Then just dive in and don't ask any questions. A third character is inexplicably introduced in the last stage, and the game ends ABRUPTLY with no resolution. And like other reviewers, I found this is one of the most abrupt endings I've ever seen. From a plot perspective, there is absolutely no satisfaction at the conclusion of the game. The developers took great care to eliminate as much written and spoken text as possible to create a unique gaming experience, but even the smallest paragraph at the beginning and between levels would have gone far to lower confusion and frustration.
In conclusion, the ease and shortness of the levels/puzzles following the demo, the lack of a cohesive story, and the abrupt ending left me feeling mildly disappointed when the credits started rolling. Overall, however, I had a lot of fun in this game, enjoyed the animations and music, and found that it was a wholly enjoyable way to casually pass a few hours. I'd be greatly interested in new titles from this development team. For those reasons, I do recommend LLT -- just be sure to start with the demo to see if this game's style and mechanics click with you.
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Mountainlifter
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 4
A game that looks to be for children but has too very tedious puzzles. The developers laid a lot of emphasis on animating lilly beatifully but they seem to have skimped on the framerate of the animations themselves thereby losing a lot of the intent. And the animations are very very slow and every action takes what seems like ages. Combine this with the fact that most of the puzzles require experimentation (repetitive pressing lots of buttons), the game quickly bores and becomes a chore. But it did make me smile in places but I still won't be able to recommend this boring game. It is not for adults nor is it for kids.
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lindirlynx
5.1 hrs
Posted: July 3
Well... It was really cute and the art was lovely. The puzzles nice but I really would've liked a more understandable ending. This one was just so abrupt and left me wondering what just happened - and not in a good way. The CTD way. So yes. Apart from the ending it was really enjoyable but I really felt like the ending didn't lead anywhere or answer any questions whatsoever.
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Healcannon
3.4 hrs
Posted: July 2
This game had 2 major problems that really made it hard for me to enjoy it. The first is the requirement to see every single animation 100x before you are allowed to do a new action. There is no clip to the end of the animation if you click again. This means any puzzle you are stuck on for an extended period of time is greatly enhanced by the sluggish pace of Lilly herself.

My second issue is the puzzles themselves. On puzzles I was stuck on it was largely due to the fact it was unclear what you are actually trying to solve. It is annoying to have a secondary aspect of the puzzle being figuring out why you are doing an action or what you are trying to get the machine to accomplish. The hint box isn't always helpful either. Sometimes a blimp on it means you can just move there. Other times it means you can just move there as well as click again to do another action once you are already in the same spot.

The game looked really pretty and the puzzles themselves were fun once you understood the goal of them. Maybe I am just bad at puzzle games but i'd like it a lot more if the objectives were more straight forward. I did manage to beat the entire thing while sadly only needing help for one of the first puzzles.
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dragonsmoon1382
2.4 hrs
Posted: June 29
wonderfully wacky game, highly recommend, a short but enjoyable afternoon game play,
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Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I started the game, with low expectations. Some kid was kidnapped by a ribbon before shouting something fairly vulgar. I then got stuck at a bubble puzzle about 2 screens in because I evidently have the mental capacity of a potato.
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53 of 69 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

Through the looking glass lense

After her young brother, Row, is whisked away by a magical scarf it becomes the task of elder sister, Lilly, to rescue him as she adventures through ten charming hand-painted locales each with their own individual set of environmental puzzles that require completing before being allowed to advance to the next area. Thankfully Lilly carries with her a set of magical goggles that enable our titular heroine to see each area in alternate dimensions which helps in solving most of the conundrums Lilly will find herself in during her brief but incredibly sweet adventure.

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Lilly Looking Through barely contains any narrative other than what is set up at the start of the game - the search for and rescue of your younger brother Row. Lilly Looking Through further embraces its minimalism by abandoning the adventure game trope of inventories filled to the brim with items that may or may not be of any aid in your adventures.

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Lilly Looking Through is not a particularly long or challenging game and most gamers should breeze through the ten different areas in about 2hrs. Some of the later areas do require the player to be cognisant of their surroundings such as the color-based puzzles and will require some out of the box thinking in order to get past but given the world that Lilly inhabits they are not so obtuse as to be completely out of place with the adventure and the world that the game sets up for you to explore. Solving each areas puzzle will require Lilly to do something, move something or climb something whilst often alternating between each areas dimension.

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The difficulty curve is gently matched as each areas puzzles become more and more complex but not complex in such a way that hours, days or weeks could be spent by the die-hard adventurist (he/she who refuses to view a walkthrough of any kind) as they attempt to solve a particularly challenging game world riddle. To support the puzzles, GEETA GAMES, have crafted one of the most visually stunning adventures games to come along in recent years. Each area and its alternate dimension is lovingly hand-painted and are frequently gorgeous to look at. Equally as stunning is the games soundtrack. Each area has its own distinct and soothing melody that was just as lovely to listen too as the hand-painted backgrounds where to look at.

Lilly Looking Through is a gentle adventure game that can be cracked open and completed on a lazy Sunday afternoon and one that I found was a pleasant diversion from all the bombast and never-ending length that has become the AAA game of late. If I had to nit-pick I would say that Lilly is ultimately let down by its ending that does very little to explain what came before, during or even after the adventure ends. I imagine that, given GEETA GAMES budget constraints (this was a kickstarter funded project), there was a larger tale its makers wanted to tell but were unable to do so financially hence the rather abrupt and confusing ending. Hopefully Lilly Looking Through generates enough cash to see the story continue because while the game may err on the short side (very short side) it's a charming place to inhabit for a single afternoon.

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70 of 98 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2013
TL;DR - Wait for a bundle. It's cute but short and tedious with no story and no replay value.

Lilly looking through is a point and click atmospheric puzzle game. I hesitate to even call it an Adventure game because there's no dialog and really no story at all. It's basically a short series screens designed to create an atmosphere of whimsy with puzzles to stretch the time out. The one story element there is, chasing the little boy, is really nothing more than a macguffin to get you to the next screen.

At no time are we ever told who these kids are, where they come from, what world they are in, what the rules of it are, why they are there, where if anywhere they were planning or going and what if anything they were planning on doing before the boy was swept away.

That it appears to be presented in a package of magical whimsical mystery is just covering for the fact that in actuality there is no story at all. It's just an experience game made to set a mood and impression. That the bulk of the short play time is made up of puzzles that once figured out are almost immediately solvable the second time around and beyond just means it's experience game that you'll really only want to play once.

Speaking of the puzzles, every time you have Lilly click to go somewhere or do something you to wait. Having to sit through the slow animations every single time and not being able to skip or cancel them no matter how many times you were redoing the same motions made me want to stab my eyes out. It was just so tedious.

The fact that this game is still very short in spite of all this tediousness and the fact that they reached their Kickstarter stretch goal to make the game longer is really saying something.

If you come to the end and think 'That's it?' a short length of a game is more likely to feel noticeable and problematic than another game of the same length with a satisfying conclusion that feels like a complete, whole experience. To the Moon is a good example of the latter. It is short but that never feels problematic because there's a definite, clear conclusion that makes sense in the context of the game and the journey.

This game in comparison definitely gives a 'Huh? That's it? What does that even mean?' feel at the end which just makes the short length all the more noticeable and unforgivable. If you are going to make a game first and foremost about soaking up the atomsphere framed by gameplay that that gives no replayability to speak of then at least make it long enough so that we feel we get enough time in that world to soak up the atmosphere.

Seeing as it's both short and without a story, all your are left with is a short time with a feeling of whimsy that's mostly padded out by puzzles made tedious due to all the slow unskippable animations between motions.

Lastly, I want to talk about pricing and packages. I bought the 'Deluxe Edition' through their Humble store. The regular version for $10 pre-order at the humble store did not come with a Steam key. The 'Deluxe Edition' for $15 did. It also came with a PDF artbook, which turned out to be very short and mostly just pictures of one particular locale in the game. It's also the same PDF they are giving at GOG for $9, the price of the regular version minus 10% off new release sale. They literally charged $5 extra to for a Steam key if you bought the game from the Humble Store which is not only shady, I've honestly never seen another developer do this.

The music was excellent, relaxing, magical sounding and ambient and the best thing about the game in my opinion. It would have been nice if this had come with the 'Deluxe Edition' for $15. It didn't. The soundtrack will put you out another $10. I'll pass as I've already spent more than I should have for what I ended up getting. It's a real shame because I wanted to love this game.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2013
Short and relatively charming adventure in the vein of Samorost and Botanicula. No inventory management, no verbs, no dialogue, just clicking hotspots on the screen in the right order. Nice animation and graphics, soothing music and the puzzles occasionally provide a challenge. Sadly the challenge is more about trying to figure out what you should be doing than actually solving the problem itself - the age-old Myst™ curse. You find yourself spending lots of time flipping colored switches with no concept of what you're supposed to accomplish.

The story doesn't really make much sense or seem to be going anywhere. When it finally does the game just abruptly ends, and the said anticlimax just seems to underline the already short length of the game. If you've already played all Amanita Design games and still want more, then and only then consider Lilly Looking Through. Lilly doesn't quite fall in the same league, but is pleasant enough to waste a couple of hours with.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
It's almost a recommend, because the art is nice, the animations are cute, and the setting is quite pleasant.

I can't recommend it because the execution is terrible:
- mechanics suddenly change (can you click mid animation or not?)
- solving problems is mostly "I feel tricked" rather than "I feel smart"
- then the color puzzle come. The "solutions" might as well be arbitrary, I recommend you use a guide for all the color puzzles
- it's so rarely clear what to do. This isn't like "I want the solution" - I like hard puzzles. But the aim is just totally unknown - for one puzzle the magic solution is yellow, for another it's red. No indication why.
- the story is bland and ends so abruptly I felt like I'd fallen off a cloud.
- animation delay. This is a killer. Every single action has a second padding front and back when you can't do anything. At first this seems laid back... in the later puzzles where you need to make 50 or so animations in a row, it drives insane rather than creating a relaxing feel.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Delightful point and click game, that is just very gentle and relaxing. Not to say that it's easy because it really isn't! I must confess that some of the puzzles had me totally foxed and if it wasn't for youtube, I would be hopelessly stuck! If you like point and click then you will definitely like this one. Give it a try, it’s a bargain right now.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
TL;DR LLL is a good point and click game with tons of adventure game errors.

Yes, I know I said it wasn't recommended. I'm probably gonna get shot in the head for this, but, Lilly Looking Through just feels like wasted potential. When I was going into this game, I had high expectations because people were saying it's good, and that it's like Machinarium and so on. After finishing the game (yes, it was that short), I don't feel like it's really that great.

Lilly Looking Through is a story about a girl named Lilly, who has to rescue her brother Row, from a... magcial cloth who has appeard to taken Row away. Yeah. Anyway, let's start with pros. The pros are that the game is charming and whatever, and has a nice setting. You can switch between two worlds to solve puzzles in and the art style is really cool. The animation in this game is wonderful, and it just looks overall great. The game isn't too hard, and you'll have fun playing it. Maybe.

Now it's time for the long list of cons. Some are personal, some are obvious.

1. The game is waaay too short. After finishing a puzzle, I was thinking what would happen next to these two protagonists. Then the game ends. Seriously. On a cliffhanger. One second I'm partially enjoying myself and the next second the credits are rolling.
2. YOU CANNOT skip animations. So whenever you're doing a puzzle, you have to watch every slow animation Lilly makes. It looks nice, but not when you're sitting there for minutes watching Lilly shamble on. These long animations actually help lengthen the already short game time. It makes the game super tedious and I can't enjoy it if it's like that.
3. Variety. There were a lot of the same puzzles. Ones with color mixing. I no like colors. I never thought a really short game could get repetitive.
4. Random. There's an appearance from Lilly's Grandpa at the end that had nothing to do with anything and it baffled the ♥♥♥♥ out of me. Also, there's like 5 lines of voice acting that randomly appear and I don't get it.

Overall, I wanted to like this game, but I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy it. There were a lot of cool things, but when you stop and look at it, you'll realize that there's problems abound. With that said, I wouldn't mind a sequel with some improvements or a new game from these guys. There's still a lot of potential here.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
A lovely adventure for the whole family that would benefit from more finely tuned gameplay and twice the current length. Kids will love it, though - and their parents might as well :D
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Putting aside the somewhat lackluster ending and the missing conclusion, let alone any sort of proper story or explanations, the puzzles themselves are often lacking in logic and the player may find the rules changing on them without any warning or visual clues. A hint; game mechanics don't usually change without any sort of a note - as in, the player suddenly being allowed to click during cutscenes/animations. Similarly, the puzzles themselves are somewhat tedious and repetitive. The animation sequences take a long time and are forced on the player, meaning that sometimes (yes, I mean the pipe extension) the player will spend 10 minutes repeating a tedious task over and over, with animation and loading inbetween each inch of progress.

No, I would not recommend this to anyone; it seems half finished and not nearly as good as most other puzzle games.
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Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2015
Hmm... this one's a hard one to review.

PROS:

—Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL scenes/backgrounds. Absolutely magical art.
—A pair of magical goggles that transport you between past/present versions of the current scene (kinda like DOTT)
—At least one of the time-exploitation puzzles (the one involving trees) is very neat and clever
—Rather than inventory puzzles, LLT relies more on Myst-style machine-manipulation puzzles, which is a flavor I greatly enjoy and wish I could find in more games.

CONS:

—Every thing you click on plays a kinda slow/lengthy animation. Many puzzles require you to perform the same action over and over again, and it gets incredibly old watching these long, slow animations play out over and over again.

—The game’s coolest feature is the past/present time swapping goggles, but it is woefully, woefully underused.

—The game’s very first serious puzzle (i.e. the bubble pond) is one of the most frustrating puzzles in the game and may turn some people off right at the front door.

—Several puzzles in the game are based on color-swapping, but the puzzles don’t make sense. They end up being trial and error puzzles instead of puzzles where you work toward something that makes practical sense.

—The very last puzzle of the game is an illogical mess. You will most likely only solve it by guessing or by looking up a walkthrough.

—The game has no ending. Literally. It just abruptly ends with no apology or explanation. You solve the last puzzle, and then there is a short cutscene, and then Lilly finds herself in a new situation, and it appears as if this is a new room and a new puzzle is about to start, and then…. credits????? The ending is so painfully abrupt that it’s almost indistinguishable from a game crash. The barely-there story gets no resolution, no explanation, nothing.

--Very, very, very short. (About 2 hours, maybe a little less.)

This game is really beautiful, but it’s got some serious flaws that hold it back from being great. Here’s what it would need for true greatnesss:

+Some playtesting of the puzzles. A couple of them are painfully illogical/obtuse (especially that last one, holy hell).

+In fact, get rid of all of the silly color-based puzzles. Those puzzles are the worst offenders. The past/present time-swapping is the most interesting thing about this game and there is not nearly enough of it.

+Actually finish making the game.

I'm going to recommend this game to people who love point-and-click adventures, child-like wonder, and Myst-style machine-manipulation puzzles. However, I recommend it with a huge caveat, because I am not exaggerating in the least about the cons mentioned above. If you go into this game with your expectations appropriately adjusted, you may enjoy yourself for the evening.
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