Place 6 is a pleasant wintry wander

I post about plenty of walking simulators yet have somehow neglected to mention some of my favourites, the Places series [official site]. Once or twice a year, creator ‘jvl’ releases another little landscape, a sketch of somewhere quiet and remote, and once or twice a year I enjoy wandering around for a few minutes. The latest, Place 6, even has a spot of swimming. So shame on me for not even noticing it had come out until Warp Door mentioned it. For shame, Alice.

The Place are small corners of landscapes. While I enjoy walking simulators where we roam far and wide, Places offer that experience where you find one interesting spot where to sit, stare at, and wander to appreciate from new angles.

I’m always impressed by how real they can feel. The trees are scratchy drawings, two intersecting sprite planes, but at a distance they create a great impression of a wooded hillside. And I really like how the Place worlds fade into the sky at the edges.

I enjoy the inefficient stroke of the swimming, moving with a jolting jerk especially when swimming fast.

I do find the water of Place 6 quite unnerving, though. Looking down and seeing aquatic plantlife makes me think of getting tangled and drowning, something my parents drilled into me as a reason not to swim in algae-clogged park ponds or the rainwater gathered in the hole left by a demolished supermarket. I’ve swam in the sea since childhood and as an adult swim in rivers, lochs, and ponds but I still worry any time I swim somewhere with plants. As they brush against my legs or get tangled in my reaching fingers, I go stiff and try to swim as flat and shallow as possible. The unintended horror of Place 6.

While Place 6 came out in January, hey, now spring is almost here (tomorrow!) it’s a nice memory of what we’re leaving behind. I saw my first buds on a tree last week.

You can download Place 6 free for Windows and Linux or play it in-browser. Do check out the other Places over here too.

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8 Comments

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    Ben King says:

    I have really enjoyed all of JLV’s places, but aside from perusing a few screen grabs a week or two back I haven’t gotten the chance to visit this one. It looks really pretty. One of their blogs has a nice series walking through the process of simple tree and color studies they have been working on, although like the places themselves updates are kinda scarce.

  2. Bracknellexile says:

    Ah, so this is what it would be like if you could wander into a Bob Ross painting….

  3. AlexStoic says:

    Can I ask a very polite question? Could RPS let me click on images for full-size screenshots? The current format are too small and forces me to hunt down source images from other sites.

    • Hydrogene says:

      Yes, I agree. Embiggered screenshots would be a welcome addition, at least for most games. Please. :)

  4. racccoon says:

    Oh this is calming, its free & alone on the PC, now that’s a good sign. No 5 letter word has been mentioned here, which does mean calm . :)

  5. Derpkovsky says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I had a lovely morning walking around and having a little swim :)

  6. caff says:

    Some lovely vignettes there (ooh look at me and my posh words!).