Florence for iOS is one of those games that come about every once in a while that seems to go against all the norms and current trends.
The kind of game that does not care about the rules of what a “video game” is, and seems to make up its own set of rules.
The kind of game that says “this is who I am, either take it or leave it, I do not care”.
Most often than not, experiments like this do not work out, but oh boy! The developers’ ‘Mountains’, knocked this one out of the park.
Breaking the Mould
The studio ‘Mountains’, has been around for a while now and has been releasing some interesting titles.
And the studio took their sweet time with this game. Was it worth it? You betcha.
A Different Breed
Some would not even classify Florence as a video game because it really doesn’t feel like a game at all.
Rather, Florence feels more like a mini movie or a novel, where you are supposed to intervene in some places to help the main character progress in their story.
Come to think about, that is the best way to sum up this game. Now you would be thinking that it sounds boring.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
The game begins off with a regular day in the life of Florence, and it is immediately obvious that she isn’t happy, and her life has become increasingly boring.
Now what you need to know is that you will not be challenged by the difficulty of the gameplay or the complexity of puzzles.
The main purpose of the game is to get you to experience the wonderful story of Florence.
And the game does a pretty darn good job at conveying all the emotions across to the player, and even something as simple as brushing your teeth seems to have a big impact.
The Daily Commute
To wake Florence up, you will need to tap on the alarm clock. You also have the option to snooze if you want.
Then the game takes you to the bathroom where you can actually decide how long you want to brush your teeth for.
Then you will hop on the transit on your way to work, where Florence will be going through her phone liking posts on social media.
At work, you will be doing some simple puzzles helping Florence complete her accounting (I think) work.
All this seems pretty dull and boring, which is what the game wants you to experience, and I must say it is very nicely done.
Love is in the Air
The story really begins when Florence’s phone battery runs out and her music cuts off.
The main character starts hearing music in the distance and it turns out to be “Krish”, who is the love interest of Florence.
This is where the magic happens.
The game does a brilliant job at really making you feel what a new relationship is like.
Soon you find yourself going out on your first date, where you will have to solve jigsaw puzzles to form conversations bubbles.
This is really clever, as in the beginning of the conversation, the puzzles seem very complex, and as the date progresses, these puzzles become a lot easier, as the conversation becomes more and more relaxed and free-flowing.
Let’s move in together
Florence for iOS only takes about 30-40 minutes to complete, yet it feels like it has so much more, in terms of what you experience and take out of the game.
After the initial dates, you will then find yourself moving in together, which is also a main part of the game.
Without giving too much away, you will have to decide whose stuff goes where what to unpack and what to keep in boxes.
All these things seem very simple, yet the game somehow manages to make every trivial little thing feel extremely important.
Also, a big mention should go out to the soundtrack of the game, which plays a massive role in making Florence what is it.
Therefore I will suggest that you play with your headphones on, to really take in everything this wonderful game has to offer.
Why we love it
This was probably one-of-the hardest games we had to review in the sense that, Florence is not your typical game.
I know for a fact that most people will not really understand what this game is about, and will be left undecided once the game ends.
However looking at the game from an artistic point of view, Florence delivers on all areas.
Florence for iOS is certainly an experimental game, where the focus is set more on telling a story rather than the gameplay mechanics.
I am not saying this is what all games should be, but the gaming industry needs creative games such as this which pushes boundaries and takes risks.
On that front, I have huge respect for the developers ‘Mountains’. Florence is not for everyone, but it is something everyone should experience.
If you liked Reigns: Her Majesty, chances are, you might like Florence too.
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