Sep 2, 2015

Every now and then, one comes across an atypical game.

FRAMED is just that. It is an interesting comic-puzzle hybrid that manages to surprise every step of the way.

It’s about time it got to Android.

In this one, the game gets to the going quickly. To understand is to play it; it feels like an animated comic book of you will, with paneled cards sewing the action together. A scene starts, and then is replaced by another scene, which is basically a continuation of the prior screen. It pops off so quickly that the storyline, which involves a person on the run-type deal, becomes a sideshow… in a great way.

Now the main idea generally runs thus: on every “page” there is a fixed start scene and a fixed end scene. Between these two are any number of scenes that run together. Together, they all tell a story, but mostly with negative results with regards to our protagonist.

The main idea is to move and shift the middle panels around and retell the story — with a more positive outcome within the main adventure.


So, when a page loads, it animates through the panels, and then one has to rearrange them until our protagonist makes it to the end with the abandoned item, past any people intent on apprehending them. There are visual cues that can help with arrangement; sometimes, stealth is useful, and at other scenes, running up behind an enemy and, say, thumping him over the head with a briefcase is called for.Again, the idea is to make the particular segment make positive sense. If one places tiles in the wrong order, it doesn’t end well when the play button is tapped.

The developer increases the challenges, with rotating tiles, spotlights and more.

So, in essence, it is a series of creative puzzles, with emphasis on “creative.” It’s interesting in the way the animations work well in different arrangements. It’s a heady experience, pretty unique and able to be enjoyed in groups.

The graphics do earn the “noir” moniker, and the original music enhances the whole thing even further.

In the end, it’s easy to fall in love with. I’d love to see a version dedicated to bigger screens (Chromecast? Amazon TV?), but even as-is, it’s veritable riot.

FRAMED Review Rundown

Graphics/Sound - Great sound, great looks, smooth animations.
Controls - Touching and shifting.
Gameplay - Simple and effective.
Replay Value - Highly addictive.
Overall - A fine, fun game that we want to see more of.

Download: App available at the Google Play Store »

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