Have you ever made a mosaic? It is a complicated matter. Cut all these tiles then glue them to make a picture. I don’t know how people do it. I have a friend who makes the most amazing mosaics, and it takes her weeks, probably months. It’s like a giant puzzle. Except nobody wraps a mosaic and ships it to you in a box that you assemble, because that would be ridiculous!
Is not it ?
Aside from the potential business venture (let me know if you want to participate), there is now a game about exactly that: putting mosaics together. You can either refer to an image of what it’s supposed to look like while putting it back together, or you can blindly walk through it. It’s up to you and your level of difficulty. The game is called Mosaic Chronicles and has just been released in Early Access on Steam. I am absorbed.
Mosaic Chronicles is calming as are the puzzles. Only here, the parts are less telegraphed. There are less obvious edges and more curves and wavy sides (that’s probably a technical term for mosaic), which makes the image you stitch more organic as a result. It helps that the images themselves have a sort of swirl about them anyway, which underlines the fantastic setting of the game.
It is also a game with a story. It’s story driven, according to the game’s blurb, although I’m only in a few mosaics and don’t have a clue what’s going on, besides being sort of a mischievous knight on an adventure. There is a bit of writing before each puzzle to read and that seems like about it. Still, it’s a nice wrapper for puzzles.
And the puzzles themselves, the mosaics, are fun to put together. They are pleasing to the eye, and to see them emerge from an almost overwhelming nothingness is infinite satisfaction. And the more you play, the more you recognize patterns in things, and the faster you will be.
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? He is. But it works.
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