“Vignettes” by Pol Clarissou, Armel Gibson, Pat Ashe, David Kanaga & Popagenda.

“[A] unique exploration game without text or characters, where objects shapeshift as you spin them around to wander through a kaleidoscope of different moods and settings. It is an accessible, colorful experience for all to enjoy, filled with playful interactions and hidden secrets.”

If you liked the magnificent “Metamorphabet” made by Patrick Smith, you will be absolutely stunned by “Vignettes”. In the game’s magical world, objects turn into others just by dragging them around. The statue of a head can transform into a rose, a flask becomes a binocular and a sandglass disappears, just to turn into a fancy top hat. The metamorphosis mechanic itself is appealing, as it encourages the curiosity of the players. But even in the case that you feel a bit stuck, you can find some help. By opening the map, you will see the possible transformation paths of your actual object. All the objects you did not find on your own so far will be symbolized as a question mark. That is a great hint without showing off too much, as it works just like a pointer: “Here, you might want to give that object a closer look!”

There are multiple environments to explore, each belonging to a special portrait with the vignettes of all objects to be found. When you are done, the image will be completed and as a reward you get a key. This key will open your treasure chest, creating a new shortcut to one of the objects, making the game easier to navigate. Now you might be wondering why you should go back to an already covered object, but “Vignettes” features some hidden secrets. Keep in mind that you cannot only find the items, but also interact with some of them. Is there a certain way you could play the trumpet or the ukulele to unravel something? And what is the deal with this underwater orchestra? That is for you to figure out in this magnificent puzzle game. [PLAY]