A Wonderfully Woven World
In a world that’s quite literary Woven together, Stuffy, a plush elephant travels alone. That is until he meets Glitch, a metal firefly. But where did Glitch come from? And why is he so drawn to the moon? Stuffy and Glitch find these answers together as they traverse a knitted world. Solve puzzles, obtain new materials and patterns and explore a charming little world in Woven Pocket Edition by StickyLock.
Players step into the metaphorical shoes of Stuffy. While Stuffy starts out as an elephant, he doesn’t stay one. There are tones of sewing patterns for other plush animals. Once you have found one simply head to a sewing machine and Glitch will happily change Stuffy’s species. Patterns are broken up into four sections: head, torso, arms and legs. So, it’s possible for Stuffy to be a hybrid of up to four patterns at once. Patterns are found at pattern machines. To unlock new patterns, you’ll need to move the arrows to line up with the upcoming circles, similar to some rhythm games. You’ll also unlock new materials to change Stuffy’s appearance, as you explore. It’s really fun to create your own interpretations of Stuffy. Why be a pig plush when you could just be sporting a pig head with an elephant body?
Changing Stuffy’s pattern isn’t just a fun makeover mini-game. It’s actually integral to the game. Different animal forms can perform different actions. For instance, early on in the game, you’ll find your way forward hindered by a large block in your path. Your flimsy elephant arms are no match for it. However, switch them out for anteater arms and you’ll knock that block out of the way in an instant.
Not So Puzzling Puzzles
At its core, Woven is a puzzle game. Unfortunately, for the most part, I felt the puzzles were too easy. They tend to involve changing the color or material of Stuffy or changing his species. It becomes predictable quick. It’s still a fun game but it would have been more engaging with more difficult puzzles. The few times I was stumped, however, were frustrating since unlike most mobile puzzle games, the title doesn’t offer a hint system.
Time To Rhyme
Another charming thing about Woven is its rhyming narration. The plush critters in Woven don’t speak and there is no journal to provide extra information. So, Woven relies on its narration to move the game forward. Adorably, the narration rhymes, which is fitting for the sewn together game world. While I would have loved some kind of journal so I could remind myself of a current objective, the narration added to the game’s childlike wonder.
Woven is an intriguing little puzzler with beautiful aesthetics. While the puzzles at times were too easy, I still enjoyed exploring the game world. The title could benefit from a hint system and a way to view your current objective. However, the rhyming narration is charming and it’s fun using new materials and patterns to give Stuffy makeovers. If you’re seeking challenging puzzles this title may not be for you. However, players who are looking for a casual puzzler experience will be enchanted by this Woven world and its plush protagonist.
Is It Hardcore?
Woven is an adorable puzzle game. While the puzzles were a bit too easy, the title still manages to enchant.