Plug & Play Review (PC)

Posted on by Erik Skinner
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Plug & Play is a bizarre interactive film animated by Michael Frei and coded by Mario von Rickenbach.

plug & play title screen

The game is adapted from Frei’s award-winning short film which you can watch here (warning: there are no gameplay and puzzle spoilers, but it does contain many story spoilers!) It consists of six sections that flow directly into each other and takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete, depending on how quickly the puzzles throughout are solved.

The controls are point and click (or tap, drag and swipe for touch devices) and the animation responds to the player’s actions beautifully. The sound design, graphics and animation are simple but effective. The hard cuts between some of the screens is jarring at first but adds even more to the filmic experience. The game’s minimal story cuts directly to the core at times; it may cause heartbreak, loss of insanity, an existential crisis, or just a fit of the giggles. There is a certain amount of replayability due to dialogue trees, but the puzzles themselves remain the same on each play through. The game is currently $2.99 which may seem steep for a 15 minute experience, so I recommend snagging a copy when it’s on sale.

plug & play dialogue

Plug & Play is available on Android, iOS and Steam, you can learn more about it on the official website.

PLUG & PLAY – Game from Michael Frei on Vimeo.

Erik Skinner

Erik is a freelance video producer, illustrator and writer and spends his free time playing games and watching tv and movies. Current favorites include Rocket League, Fallout 4 and Minecraft. Check out Erik’s vidme channel Today I Played

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