Minimalistic Jam 3: Treasure Chest #67

What’s a “Treasure Chest” article?

It’s a short text and video compilation of three to five small jam games we really liked for some reason (like core concept, artwork, effort etc.).

Screenshot of "The Synchronist"

“The Synchronist” by Grégory Béal.

If you’re a fan of slide puzzles, then this game is absolutely perfect for you! While the black motif in the background is the one you want to achieve, you are turning various knobs to transform the red areas. What sounds simple at first, quickly turns into a very special challenge, and that’s for two reasons: First, the motifs are not always static, but can also represent animated movements. Second, the controls have some very different, sometimes amazing effects. Get ready for a neat puzzle surprise! Also, if you find one puzzle too difficult, don’t worry: You can always skip a level.

Screenshot of "Stoppage Line"

“Stoppage Line” by Henry Schneiderbeck.

The minimalistic simplicity of this line drawing game is just great. At various points per level, you will find small color boxes that change your brush stroke as you pick them up. With this brush stroke you can then fend off identically colored projectiles and deactivate the tubes that shoot them out. If all tubes are out of action, you move on to the next level. But here comes the twist: You are not allowed to touch the gray border or your own brush stroke. A simple concept realized fantastically!

Screenshot of "A walk in the park"

“A walk in the park” by Jói Sigurðss.

Usually, placeholder graphics are aesthetically rather daunting, but in this little exploration game they are perfectly staged with a matching sound design. For example, a fluttering noise makes a group of blobs a flock of birds, but there are many other details to discover for you. A short walk of the special kind, which proves once again that a realistic graphic style is not always necessary, if you have a little imagination.