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[Games Around the Corner] Week 9, 2021 – Recursive Puzzle-Solving

This week’s highlighted releases don’t feature photorealistic graphics, but they don’t need to. There’s a unique “recursive” puzzle game, a “social deduction RPG” involving an extraterrestrial human-killing threat, and a new Harvest Moon game. Read more about them below:

Maquette is a first-person “recursive” puzzle game that takes place in a unique world twisted “in an MC Escher-esque fashion”, where every building and object is represented in small and large sizes, with objects being larger the further you are from the center. Moving and placing an object will cause the differently-sized versions of it to be manipulated in the same manner.

As for the story, it will have you exploring the relationship between a couple voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Green. “You will explore the scales of everyday problems in a modern-day love story,” reads the Steam page. “Where sometimes the smallest of issues can become insurmountable obstacles.” The game is set to be released on March 2 on Steam, PS4, and PS5.


Described as a “Sci-Fi Social Deduction RPG”, Gnosia is set on a spaceship where something called the Gnosia is pretending to be human and eliminating the real humans one at a time. Your job is to identify the Gnosia by gathering information and voting to put your suspect into cold sleep. The game will feature “loops” and random, info-revealing events unique to a character.

Additionally, there will be multiple roles that allow for different character builds, with your ability to sway other characters and lie, as well as the chances of you being selected for cold sleep, being affected by your stats. “As you progress, your abilities will improve - but so will those of the crew,” reads the game’s Nintendo store page. “As the numbers of crew members, Gnosia, and various “roles” increase, it will become increasingly difficult to determine who is telling the truth. Work in collaboration with or against other crew members to ensure your survival until the end.” The game will be released for Switch on March 4.

Harvest Moon One World

The latest game in the Harvest Moon series, Harvest Moon One World has you, as either a male or female character, trying to bring back the missing Harvest Goddess. Before she disappeared, the Harvest Goddess left the knowledge of various seeds in the Harvest Wisps, and by finding these Wisps, you can unlock various seeds.

The game features five areas, ranging from grasslands, hills, and beaches to snowy mountains and deserts, which you can travel between with your Expando-Farm, and animals like cows, sheep, and reindeer to rear. You can also try to pursue one of five bachelors and five bachelorettes. The game will be released on March 6 for Switch.


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