Here’s a scenario I like in games: I give a developer $2 then they show me something weird and/or surprising I’d not seen before. I’d never seen an office worker decide to become a shepherd and wander the forestoffice with their flock, so I’m mighty content with Solitude [Itch page]. It’s a small little game about an office worker who decides to walk away from their job and life to pastures new, which I found quite delightful on a wet Tuesday afternoon. It’s awful pretty too.
If your immediate urge when you get up out of your chair is to go to the window, open it, stick your head out, and yell “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this any more!” then this may not be for you. But if you feel tugged towards a forest, the hills, or somewhere else remote and quiet ooh do have a look at Solitude. (It’s the life of a kelpie or a selkie for me, RPS fact fans.)
I’ll not say much — because $2 surprise scenario etc. — but with the very mildest of puzzling, you’ll wander the office, chatting to bores, and trying to get away from it all. It’s small and pleasant and pretty.
Do also read about designer Jana Reinhardt’s shepherd escapist fantasies.
If you watch this trailer before playing, you’re only devaluing your own purchase: