A 3D zen-like puzzle game from developer Rice Cooker Republic called Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion, is set to launch on May 17th next month. The new open-world puzzle title is a trippy game because it’s not the typical puzzle title you might be expecting.
Usually puzzle games involve standardized logic mechanics, or fitting pieces together in symmetrically expected ways. Well, in Bokida you can throw all of what you think you know about puzzle games clean out the window, because you’ll be building, cutting, cleaning, and constructing your way through a series of non-standard puzzles set within both light and dark worlds.
The journey itself centers around a messenger – a player-character of nondescript characteristics. The messenger’s job is to awaken and reconnect two lovers by expanding their worlds with shapes and colors. Just like the non-standard puzzles, the plot surrounding these lovers is also unconventional. For instance, the two lovers are actually worlds of light and darkness; worlds ripped apart that must be brought back together.
As I mentioned, Bokida is a trippy game, but you’ll have to see it to understand it. Thankfully they recently released a trailer for the game that you can check out below.
So yes… you are a messenger of love.
You must reconstruct the boundaries of that love by opening pathways, removing obstructions, unblocking doors, and connecting the worlds of light and darkness back together again by giving them life and color.
I have to give Rice Cooker Republic props for at least stepping outside the boundaries here with Bokida. It reminds me of one of those avant garde pieces, not unlike Tale of Tales’ Bientôt l’été. It also reminds me a little bit of Hollow Tree Games’ Shape of the World fused with Giant Sparrow’s The Unfinished Swan.
The major difference is that there’s a rather clear and conspicuous goal here in Bokida, so perhaps the more defined mission parameters will make it more palatable for the general gaming audience.
As mentioned, you can look for the game to launch on PC starting May 17th next month. For more info on Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion or to play-test the game with a free demo, be sure to visit the game’s official website.