Here’s a little peek behind the scenes for you, readers; I had a pretty terrible time last week. It started with a sleepless night of my baby son getting his first stomach bug, continued with a day of me hoping I wouldn’t get it, and ended with me, of course, getting it. I was sent home from my day job after lunch came back to visit, endured an hour-long commute clutching a sick bag, and spent Friday in bed, in and out of consciousness and occasionally looking at my phone.

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One such glance revealed an email from Swiss art house types Etter Studio. ‘Hope you’re well!’ it mocked AS IF THEY KNEW, before providing a code for Plug & Play, which is just the thing to dabble with when semi delirious with fever.

Plug & Play is the result of a collaboration between animator Michael Frei, and Maker Of Weird Interactive Stuff Mario Von Rickenbach (whose prior effort Drei we enjoyed muchly, despite a few flaws). It’s an interactive interpretation of Frei’s short film of the same name, an animated tale about people with plugs and sockets for heads doing… Things.

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For the most part, it’s pretty much a scene by scene faithful reproduction of the six-minute film here, where animations are advanced through swipes and drags. Without spoiling things (just open another tab and watch it here), Point & Click is a bizarre, funny, juvenile yet oddly sensitive look at sex and sexuality. Dragging these plug people together, sometimes running headlong into mistakes, and sometimes resisting your lunges as they are pulled by cables toward one another adds a worthwhile sense of depth and feeling to the film, despite a lack of agency. Interaction adds another dimension to this work which makes fun of relationships and their flaws, while also lightly touching on LGBT relationships in a light and comical way that seems all the more appropriate coming from the issues of last summer.

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Plug & Play is wonderfully weird, grotesque, cute and wildly funny, and provokes some thought to boot. Either that or it’s a 15 minute non game with some crude juvenile cartoons thrown in. The great part is that it works as both, and means I can heartily recommend it even as my fever’s faded. It just happened to arrive at the right time for me to really take to the thing.

KAIJU VERDICT:

3/4 Pops: Exceptional A significant cut above the crowd. Though flawed or otherwise not necessarily for everyone, it does things other games in the genre do not, or tries something new with a great deal of success.

iOS version tested.
Review code supplied by Etter Studio

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