FRAMED – the main contender for game of the year




Catch the moment – our mortal earth finally visited something extraordinary; something stylish, beautiful, intelligent and eternal. FRAMED, surrounded nuarny glow gently sat on the throne vacant Best Mobile Games of 2014. And, you know, there is a suspicion (primarily, calendar), that no one from there it is not to smoke.


Once a reservation – gameplay FRAMED inhumanly difficult to explain in words, so if you authoritatively opinion, for example, Hideo Kojima (the creator of the series Metal Gear Solid), who called FRAMED one of the best games in general, do not waste your time reading the review and forward App Store. Those who Kojima in a penny is not intended (and even skeptical eye on the price tag) – let me try to explain.

Plot complication unpretentious, in the spirit of the classic film noir 40s with Humphrey Bogart and “Maltiyskim falcon.” A shabby man with tobacco addiction steals chemodanchik- his notice and the police in pursuit. Man escapes, but the suitcase intercepts woman – what noir without the femme fatale. After that, the contents of the briefcase with the mysterious challenge cup will be falling in one hand, then the other, then the third.


And now how it all furnished. Formally, FRAMED – an interactive puzzle. Show you chase scene (almost the entire game and is one), and then the video stops, the camera pulls back to a decent plan, showing something like the level of platformer, which is a side view. You can see a picture where is your hero, several police officers and the final solution to this problem – and, accordingly, this screen.

Only here you can not get by classical means – a hero you do not control. You can only push one button start, after which the thief slips from place to built your picture. And then the whole point – the route from start to finish, you ask yourself.


All road disassembled into several fragments – roughly five. You can turn them, reordered, but make sure that the character is not caught the eye of a policeman – and safely reached the end. The subtlety is that all the pieces are not static, they, uh, video, members of the same movie. So, you’re here as a director or director Installation – expose pieces of history so as to obtain right cut video.

And do it very interesting: often the starting point and ending unchanged (but then you can shuffle and them), so you pluck a few central elements. So, put this piece here, this here, let’s see what happens. Presses “play”, the hero breaks his legs – he runs the way you have planned it.


Quite quickly becomes wildly play hard – especially, um, scenes that take place in the narrow alleys. There is not enough that you need to have excellent knowledge of spatial imagination (geometry lessons still useful), so still and put in the head pieces of the same lanes, so that they stood on the result of one normal range.

Besides FRAMED eventually throws a new focus: the fragments need not only to place in the correct order, but also to have time to get them back; hard to explain, but trust me – it’s just hell.
On this background the general atmosphere perfectly superimposed nuarny cinema – and, by the way, so it’s not easy. Gameplay is where you do not play, rhymes perfectly with one of the periods of free cinema: it turns out, you uneasy spectator golden era of Hollywood, you are an integral part of the mechanism. What else impresses in the case FRAMED – it is not exchanged for stupid things such as the main menu and settings. We went, we started to play – in fact, if included in the movie player: another analogy.

Following the opening dithyramb silly repeated, but has nothing to do – FRAMED: one of the best mobile games in general, and this year in particular. Kojima is no fool and knows the case: such a mixture of movies, games and interactive him could not help but like it. If the application is successful all through many years all sorts of tops about the “best apps for iOS of all time” does not get along without FRAMED – as, indeed, now can not do without Metal Gear Solid.

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