A little to the left is like unpacking if there was a cat playing with you

Not-E3 is well underway and many are sure to be excited by revelations like The Callisto Protocol gameplay (opens in new tab) and Dark Descent Aliens (opens in new tab), I’m more interested in an Unpacking-like. One of the indie hits of 2021, Unpacking, was a simple game about unpacking, believe it or not. It’s a light game about puzzles like finding the ‘correct’ place for objects throughout character development from young to adult. It’s very calm, very peaceful, and when there are so many games that pride themselves on bombastic, cutting-edge experiences, it’s made a nice change of pace.

Now, the next opportunity to sit back and relax comes with A Little to the Left from developers Max Inferno. It’s the name of a cozy game studio, right? A Little to the Left is all about getting things right, a bit like Unpacking, but there’s a greater focus on the puzzle element.

You are in charge of cleaning a shelf, or papers, or silverware in a way that makes sense. What it means is up to you. Look for patterns and shapes that make up a logical way to order objects and you win! Sometimes there’s more than one way to do this, so there’s some extra replayability.

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And as soon as you finish shuffling the last key, a cat named Rookie can ruin everything. That’s right, just to add a little flavor, a little spice to the gameplay, a cat might show up just to spoil it for you to start over. It’s really cute actually, I don’t mind more work if it means this little guy pops up here and there. Just like owning a cat in real life, I guess.

I, for one, am happy to see cozier games appear. They’re a breath of fresh air, especially among some of the hardcore titles Summer Game Fest showcased just before Day of the Dev. Keep up the good work Max Inferno.

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