Assemble with Care: Enjoy A Completely Hand-illustrated Story of Bellariva
March 26th, 2020
MEANINGFUL PUZZLES: Figure out the inner workings of the objects brought to Maria and find a way to fix them.
EVOCATIVE STORY: Meet the townsfolk of Bellariva. Come to love their quirks and help them reconnect.
NOSTALGIC CHARM: Rediscover the defining objects of decades past to the tune of the original soundtrack, inspired by the sounds of the 80s.
HANDCRAFTED VISUALS: Enjoy gameplay rendered in a beautiful, impressionist style, alongside a completely hand-illustrated story.
Everything in this room has a backstory and a cost. Or not, as some things are truly irreplaceable. We can attest those sincere feelings are something you can never buy. Even if some of its focus is evidently on items beyond their prime, having sentimental worth to their owners first and foremost, Assemble with Care is not your typical story about shady pawnshops or flea markets. Since you’re not creating “instruments of destruction,” but rather items designed to bring people together while rekindling friendships and fortifying family bonds, we’d compare its primary gameplay to that of World of Guns in reverse.
We have so far reviewed games on Steam that rarely touch on these subjects as Assemble with Care did. Naturally, we were taken aback to learn that this project marked the debut on Steam of ustwo games, an independent developer and self-publisher. We were familiar with them because we had played both Monument Valley games on our Android phones. clever “small” brain teasers in and of themselves.
The inner struggles of a traveling freelance repairwoman in the made-up town of Bellariva will be explored by players. Its location is unknown, however, based on the type of people you’ll meet and help, we assume it’s on a Caribbean island. Although names and accents might give the United Kingdom a slight edge, let’s not get too caught up in the idea that fiction must be solidly rooted in fact. Maria, our protagonist, is both proud and fearful of the family company. She has decided to leave her family’s antique store and embark on a real voyage of self-discovery.
She recently visited a neighborhood food festival. In addition to the female protagonist, this incident will alter many attitudes. Given her cheerful demeanor and unexpectedly modest service rates, Maria doesn’t waste any time in attracting potential clients. It may be argued that clients come to her rather than the other way around. Although it is never explicitly stated how she manages to complete her work while continually traveling (supposedly Maria has been on the road for a full year already), it is clear from her perspective that she is not pompous about food or lodging while being wholly committed to her trade. a skill set befitting of the family artifacts she is devoted to restoring to their former splendor.
The way the story and gameplay are intertwined in Assemble with Care is something we’ve seen more frequently in visual novels than in puzzle games, but we all agree that Assemble with Care is a stylistic combination that does a great job of pulling this off. Characters are likable and skillfully written because they are given both positive and negative traits in equal measure. We can decipher the significance of their actions by their actions and the material objects they care about enough to have restored. As much as those damaged items needed mending, so did personalities. Of course, it’s a lovely metaphor that’s subtly expressed.
Not that you should, but even if you’re pressed for time, the gameplay of Assemble with Care lasts for more than two hours, during which you’ll fix a variety of vintage devices and a few items that are much older than simply three decades.
As soon as you learn about your new work in Assemble with Care, you can examine the problem with the thing from the outside before starting to disassemble it and determining its degree of disrepair. Maria won’t simply demand of her clients that they “tried turning it on and off before seeking assistance” while sitting smugly by. After all, she is not employed by an Apple Store. Listening to people describe the significance of the broken items they want to be repaired is half the fun. They’ll get more than they bargained for, and this time, the proverb has only good things to say about it.
Even though mending broken hearts isn’t as simple as literally screwing (we know, the pun doesn’t work), it still requires a lot of care and attention to detail. Maria is skilled at both listening and restoring all that is offered to her. Despite this limitation in Assemble with Care, everyone can grow to be better versions of themselves even though we wish there were more ways to engage with clients. The fourteenth extra chapter serves as an epilogue, paves the way for a sequel, and provides us with a sense of closure. That happens way too infrequently in game design.
Assemble with Care is exactly how the previous 13 chapters are divided into “bite portions,” which don’t require lengthy playthroughs. a few chapters every day. Simply as repairing a complex mechanism involves more than just steady hands and good vision, there’s no need to rush it.
Once more using Unity Engine You’ll be carefully building the titular elements by skillfully fusing static graphics with 3D assets. There are also accurate pictures that illustrate the intricate details of some of the objects Maria will need to restore, so the development team certainly did their study. There are all the resolution scaling and antialiasing options you could want in the Steam edition, which is a PC port of the iOS game that debuted six months earlier. In other words, there won’t be any “jaggies” and you’ll be able to play the game on hardware that’s practically as old as some of the game’s centerpieces. On a low-end laptop, Assemble with Care might surely be enjoyed.
There were no noticeable crashes, bugs, or frame rate drops throughout the entire game in Assemble with Care. Even while this isn’t a simulation of “How It’s Made” or “How Do They Do It?” the assembly and finished product stages truly excite us, therefore we took over 40 screenshots and posted the majority of them to our Steam profile. Speaking of which, instead of all that reality TV trash on the “History” Channel, for instance, someone should surely make a documentary series about actual restorations.
Outstanding, unobtrusive music perfectly accompanies the expert voice acting in each frame of our excursion. Assemble with Care is a story-driven puzzle game that has a lot to teach other visual novels on Steam. The type of audio elements that assist in telling a story that would otherwise be quiet and equivalent to reading a screenplay doesn’t require a large budget. Regardless of how imaginary it may be, video games entail interaction between the player and the produced environment.