This week in video games, April 30, 2018: Move through time and space with new indie puzzle game

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      This week, The Swords of Ditto will remind you what it was like in the early days of Zelda; Destiny 2 will take you back to Mars; and Campo Santo is being taken to Seattle. But first, independent puzzle game Gorogoa is something special.

      Whimsical puzzle game Gorogoa a unique challenge

      I've been playing this curious game called Gorogoa on my iOS devices for a few weeks, and it's utterly unlike anything I've seen before.

      There's no dialogue, just emotive sound and hand-drawn pictures arranged in four panels, two-by-two.

      You play the game by manipulating the images in the panels, zooming in and out and dragging panels to reposition them. 

      With each shift you create a new context for the image. A doorway from one drawing becomes an exit for a character in another. 

      Succeeding at the game, and discovering the nature of the creature you're following, requires being able to see elements in one drawing and seeing how they can connect to others. You need to intuit physics while rearranging images in your imagination. 

      Along the way, you'll move through time and space, uncovering structure and meaning and a sense of profound wonder. 

      Designed and illustrated by Jason Roberts and published by Annapurna Interactive, Gorogoa is available to play on iOS, macOS, and Nintendo Switch. It's coming to PS4 and Xbox One imminently. 


      Warmind expansion takes Destiny 2 players back to Mars

      In the Destiny games, “warminds” are supercomputer AIs that coordinated humanity’s systems. Rasputin is one that managed to survive the alien onslaught. The AI has often featured in the larger story being told by Bungie’s franchise, and it becomes a main character in Warmind.

      The second expansion for Destiny 2 will be released on May 8 and it also introduces a new Guardian. Ana Bray was once a doctor on Mars and as a protector has gone back to find what’s been buried under the ice for years.

      In addition to a new destination to explore, the expansion brings a new public event, Escalation Protocol, in which groups of players survive waves of attack by the Hive enemies. Also coming are tweaks to exotic weapons and armour, a new raid, and two new strikes.

      Destiny 2 is available on PS4, Windows, and Xbox One.


      Developer Campo Santo snapped up by Valve

      Campo Santo, which created the sublime Firewatch, is now a part of Valve Corporation. The Seattle-based game publisher and owner of the Steam game-distribution platform acquired the independent studio last week.

      Work on Campo Santo’s next game, In the Valley of Gods, will continue, with Valve planning to publish the game, currently slotted for release in 2019.

      Games released or releasing soon

      • The Swords of Ditto, a charming adventure game that calls back to the early days of Zelda, can be played on PS4 and Windows.
      • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now available through SteamVR for all supported Windows virtual reality systems.