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Have You Played... Plug & Play?

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Plug & Play [ official site] feels a little like Don Hertzfeldt made a game. In reality it’s by a similarly talented animator, Michael Frei. Through a series of vignettes, you click, prod, drag and swing physics objects in a hand-drawn world of strange, naked meatmen with plugs and sockets for heads.

It’s scatalogical and funny and has no words and will taken you 15 minutes to finish, but it really is about the art. Everything in the game looks hand-drawn, suggesting it couldn’t possibly be interactive but in the most basic of ways, but actually much of the world is physically simulated.

To give an example, one scene sees two hands approaching one another, their index fingers extended. You can coil the finger, slide the wrist, and must do so in order to make the two fingers touch. It’s simple, but pleasing, and neatly wound around a central conceit. It’s tactile to play with – and often gross. I like it.

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