In the game, you play as Florence Yeoh, a young woman who feels stuck in her boring day job. Soon she meets Krish, a cello player and they begin a whirlwind relationship. The game follows them as they grow together as a couple, face complications and grow apart.
The gameplay of Florence closely resembles that of WarioWare, going through different micro puzzles like building a speech bubble to talk to someone or going through your morning routine.
Florence is a game you can complete in an afternoon, but its impact will stay with you longer. It is a new take on a love story, but its interactivity makes you connect deeper with the characters and what they are going through.
What worked best about Florence, besides its story, is how the gameplay worked on a smartphone. Shaking to make the image appear on a polaroid or assembling puzzle pieces plays well on a phone, so the transition to joystick may be something to get used to.
Florence is more of an interactive story than a game, but still is an experience like no other. It is a deeply personal story about falling in love and growing as a person.
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Originally released on iOS and Android, Florence was lauded by critics for its story and graphical style. It won the best mobile game awards at the Game Developers Choice Awards, 22nd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards and The Game Awards 2018.