Have you ever made a mosaic? It’s a messy business. Cut all these tiles and then glue them together to make a picture. I don’t know how people do it. I have a friend who makes the most amazing mosaics, and they take her weeks, probably months. It’s like a giant puzzle. Except no one wraps up a mosaic and ships it to you in a box for you to put together, because that would be ridiculous!
Is not it?
Aside from a potential business venture (let me know if you want to participate), there’s now a game about exactly that: putting tiles together. You can either refer to an image of what it’s supposed to look like while piecing it together, or you can work your way through it blindly. It depends on you and your level of difficulty. The game is called Mosaic Chronicles and it has just been released in Early Access on Steam. I am absorbed.
Mosaic Chronicles is calming in the way of puzzles. Only here, the pieces are less telegraphed. There are fewer obvious edges, and more curves and wavy sides (this is probably a technical term for mosaicking), which makes the image you create more organic as a result. It helps that the images themselves have a kind of swirl about them anyway, which underscores the fantastic setting of the game.
It is also a game with a story. It’s story based, according to the game’s blurb, although I’m only a few tiles away and haven’t a clue what’s going on, besides being kind of of mischievous knight on an adventure. There is a bit of writing before each puzzle to read and that seems to be about it. Still, it’s a nice wrapper for the puzzles.
And the puzzles themselves, the mosaics, are fun to put together. They are pleasing to the eye, and seeing them emerge from an almost crushing nothingness is endless satisfaction. And the more you play, the more patterns you recognize in things and the faster you’ll be.
It sounds so simple doesn’t it? He is. But it works.