Mutazione

Anyone else playing Mutazione? It's one of the Apple Arcade titles, but it's not an exclusive, so you can also grab it on PS4 or on PC.

The developers describe it as a "mutant soap opera," which is both accurate and too reductive. Sure, there are mutants (not of the X-Men variety) and there is infidelity and broken hearts, but there's nothing salacious about this game. And really, I'm not sure how much of a game it is -- it's more of an interactive story. The path is really linear, and the only choices you have are mainly about what you plant or who you talk to.

I don't want to say too much about the experience because so much of the pleasure comes from the way the narrative unfolds -- but if you like FEELINGS then you will likely love Mutazione. I've found the game provides some solid reminders about how to engage with people about sensitive topics: the dialogue trees really encouraged me to think about how I need to be more of an active listener instead of asking leading questions.

And I haven't even gotten into the lovely, collage-like 2-D art direction or the ridiculously chill soundtrack... it's a low-stakes experience that I'm sad will soon be drawing to a close. I'd love to talk with anyone else about Mutazione, just to extend my time on the island!