You have a dog, a chicken, and a bag of seed. You need to get across a river, but can only take one of the three with you in the boat for some unknown reason. How do you get each item to the other side of the river intact? If you’re a fan of logic puzzles like these, but wish that they were framed with cute little creatures, then Jumpsuit Entertainment’s She Remembered Caterpillars may be just up your alley. The game is available now in the west, but was out on the floor of Tokyo Game Show 2017 and we caught up with Brian Kwek from Ysbryd Games, the publisher, to ask a few questions. You can listen to the full interview here, and check out the trailer just below.

My first impression of the game was how much the levels reminded me of Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaa and the forest of spores. It’s not too far off the mark, as the game’s designers have dubbed their artistic style “fungipunk”. The game’s characters are colorful little sprouts which must hop their way to platforms scattered throughout. Once they’ve all reached their section, the sprouts fly away to the next stage. Being a puzzle game, there are typically obstacles set up to prevent this.

Solving each level is all about understanding the colors and their relationship with the environmental objects in each stage. Bridges, for example, will only allow those of the same color to cross, while gates will do the opposite, preventing anyone of the same color from going through. Simple enough, but it gets complicated when your red buddy is stuck on a platform with a red gate and blue bridge, unable to cross either. To get around this, you’ll need to combine units together, red and blue making purple and satisfying the bridge’s conditions because blue is included in the mix.

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The stages are lovely and the characters quite cute, but there’s something even deeper going on behind the curtain. Or behind the screen. It seems that the happy little sprites are actually being controlled by a neuroscientist (who is actually you) and they’re being used to recover memories from her dying father’s brain before he passes away. Thus the title.  It’s an intriguing premise that bears out in the interstitial segments between sections, via a bit of text of a recovered memory. If neuroscience were always this charming, I might consider a career switch.

She Remembered Caterpillars is available now. For more information, check out the official homepage.

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