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POSTED 30/5/13


QUELL MEMENTO

Fallen Tree Games
Vita/PSN

If movies have taught us one thing, it’s to beware of abandoned old houses.

After all, get all intrepid-like and you’re doomed to assaults by assorted polterghoosts, curses, creepy moving stuff that really should be static, other ghostly vision things and, worst of all, spiders. It’s just not worth the hassle.

Quell Memento is set in an abandoned old house, but it’s definitely worth the hassle. Not that there’s much hassle laying down five bucks for one of the best Vita puzzlers currently in exisnec, existun... oh fuck these fat fingers, creation!

Eschewing the usual gaming vibe of trading on stress to impel you onwards, most everything about QM calms any bits that may be jangly, jangled or several other adjectives beginning with the letter ‘j’. The music’s gorgeously relaxing, while artwork is deceptively simple, yet actually quite intricate at times – but sneakily so. Much like spiders.

You’re piecing together the memories of the old bloke who last resided within that aforementioned abandoned old house that you’re trip-trop traipsing within, gradually restoring it from current gories to former glories by dusting stuff. Well, kinda. It involves various vexing variations upon the old sliding boxes trick, also known as Sokoban.

You flick an orb – or orbs - around, which once going only stop if something gets in the way. A deft difficulty curve sees things starting simple in the 144-plus maze puzzles on offer, gradually ramping in brain-itchiness as you juggle power generators, ice blocks, colour codes, “one shall pass” spots, nasty copycat blobs and oodles more. Then there’re move targets for level completion, replay value in bashing and crashing for gemstones, plus hidden warp ring portal levels that can be fiendishly challenging. Bastards!

If you have a Vita then you’re obviously intelligent, so you’ll love this. Plus, as far as we’ve experienced, it’s spider-free.

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