I’m not sure what I’m doing in Strawberry Cubes [official site]. I’ve had a few cracks at the puzzle-platformer (I think it’s a puzzle-platformer) since creator Loren Schmidt released it for free earlier this month, and each time find some strange new thing without quite understanding what I’m doing.
It’s not impenetrable, I’m sure, but I’ve been a bit exhausted and dim these past few weeks. I have enjoyed the mystery all the same, gathering and planting seeds, dodging blades, collecting doodads, taking in the sounds and music, and doing… something with frogs. I don’t know what I’m doing with the frogs.
With a strong glitch vibe, it’s difficult to figure out what’s intentional and what’s wonky. Does it matter? Not really. It’s good to explore. A terminal window runs in the background while you’re playing too, spitting out lines listing some of the game’s inner workings. It’s another mysterious “Should I be seeing this? Should I be paying attention to this? Does this explain anything?” piece of the experience.
I won’t say too much more, as half the fun’s in poking around and seeing things yourself. I will say you should try lots of keys on your keyboard. It’s a game to play with as much as to play.
Strawberry Cubes is free to download for Windows on Itch.