Mon, 05 April 2021
What is it?
Maquette is a first-person recursive puzzle game developed by Graceful Decay for the PC, PS4 and PS5. The world of Maquette is both incredibly small and vastly large, with each change you make it in one version of the world being reflected in the other. If you want to solve the puzzles held within the game, then you need to learn how to navigate the interlocking realities of Maquette.
In the centre of each chapter’s contained puzzle area is a little model (a maquette) of the terrain around you. Drop an item – like a key or a bridge – into the model and a to-scale version will appear in the same spot behind you, only much larger – alternatively, pick something small out of the model and you’ll suddenly have a tiny version to use in your regular-sized world. It’s a phenomenally clever concept, and one that’s an absolute joy to mess around with when you’re first getting your bearings.
Part of that game’s appeal is thanks to how jaw-droppingly gorgeous it can be. Its use of vibrant colours and ornate, warped architecture is some of the most beautiful in any puzzle game. Those impressive aesthetics also extend into its otherworldly particle effects as objects phase in or out of place, as well as its top-notch audio design.
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