The game of Love. : Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! For this week's Mindless Arcade Friday, we play a game called Love, that seems to be trying to tell us something.
NPR logo Mindless Arcade Friday: Love

Mindless Arcade Friday: Love

Click to Play! Contrebasse hide caption

toggle caption

Today's Game: Love, by Contrebasse.

The last time I took love advice from a video game I spent like two lives defeating a dragon only to find out the princess was in another castle.

But this game, Love, is different. You're a square, and you gain happiness by getting close to other squares. Get too close, and you die. When you die, the game gives you advice on how to play better, but in a way that makes you feel like maybe it's not talking about the game at all:

Don't stay with the same others out of habit. If it's obvious you'd be happier elsewhere, move on right away instead of hoping for a change that won't happen.

At times it seemed like the game was steering me toward promiscuity, but I haven't made it that far in the game, so maybe the part I was playing just represented college or something.

All in all, a nice playing experience.

Recommended, for people who: need love advice, believe there are many more squares in the sea.