The Elder Blog: Hue

I’ve been playing Metal Gear Solid V, like I said in my last post, but there hasn’t really been anything of note to write about. Except maybe this, this, and this. But otherwise, it feels like a pretty standard playthrough, at least based on everything I’ve heard of the game before playing it.

But this month, there is a really interesting indie game available for free through PS+ called Hue. I usually don’t care for indie games, not because I don’t think indie games should exist, it’s just that they’re all the same thing. You’ll rarely find a truly original indie game. They tend to go for that retro look and feel and will either be generic side-scroller or top-down.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t automatically dismiss a game because it’s an indie title. I’ll normally give them a chance when they’re available on PS+, but usually my reaction is, “That was neat and maybe a fun time killer, but this offers nothing new” and stop playing after a few hours. I’ll sometimes pick one of them back up when I’m really bored, just to kill some time.

There are a few exceptions, like Thomas Was Alone and FEZ, but truly unique games are few and far between. Hue is one of them.

As I said in a video I made shortly after I started playing, I watched the trailer on the game page in the PlayStation Store, and I immediately wanted to play it. The other titles available for free I added to my library, but Hue was the only one I downloaded. I can’t get enough of this game. When it comes to problem solving, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a game with such unique ways to solve them.

It starts off really easy, with only one colour, but soon it gets, well, stressful. But in a good way. This game is just the right level of challenging. It’s not childishly easy, and not rage-quit-controller-throwing hard. There’s levels that get me annoyed because I can’t solve, but it’s designed in a way that if you just keep trying you’ll eventually figure it out.

If you have PlayStation Plus, I highly recommend grabbing this game this month while it’s free, which it will be until 7 November 2017. But even if you don’t have PlayStation Plus, or you read this after that date, it’s only $15. You’d be playing a great game and supporting a great indie developer.

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