Undeniably gorgeous, charming, and wonderfully scored, this puzzle adventure is on the short side but memorable
One terrific thing about the indie space is that it’s packed with games that may not linger terribly long, but make the most of the time you have with them and also don’t overstay their welcome. The Forest Quartet is one such title, featuring the story of an ensemble who has lost their singer, and who you’ll need to help find the inspiration they need to carry on. You’ll play the part of the spirit of their fallen bandmate, and by patiently working your way through a series of environmental puzzles you’ll give them the push they need to turn themselves back around. Now, the game on a general level provides pretty limited direction and feedback, so you’ll definitely need to experiment a little at times so you can leverage your pretty limited repertoire of skills to put things in place as they should be and get them reactivated. All of this takes place over some typically quite soulful jazz music so it’s an experience that’s meant to be savored and enjoyed, even if it may feel like it comes to end all too soon.
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