Quell Memento has been out for a little while, first appearing on iOS devices in May, before being quickly followed by a Vita release and then releasing Android devices. Despite all these releases, there hasn’t been much of a fanfare around Quell Memento, and that actually fits the style and atmosphere of the game.
At its heart Quell Memento is a puzzle game, but it’s also quite soothing, and Fallen Tree Games have created a real gem. The game follows the story of an old man as he relives his life, with each puzzle unlocking parts of his memories. It’s actually a very touching story told through the voices and pictures that appear in the different puzzles, easing you in to what you would think to be a rather simple experience.
However, behind this gentle facade is a game that slowly increases the difficulty, with no real difficulty spikes in sight. As you go through each puzzle you’ll learn new techniques, with most early levels taking just a few seconds, but eventually it will have you looking at the screen and scratching your head.
Gameplay wise you have to navigate drops of water through stages, to collect little pearls or light up blocks depending on the stage you are on. It starts off with just one droplet to collect the pearls, but soon you’ll be controlling multiple drops, trying to avoid spikes and red drops that will make you pop.
You can also manipulate the levels to your advantage, with some spikes being movable to burst the red drops or create a new path. There’s even a counter present showing you how many moves the level can be completed in. If you exceed the number of moves there’s no real punishment, but it’s an additional challenge for you to perfect your solution.
You’ll almost never become frustrated though, due to the calm presentation of Quell Memento and the soothing music playing in the background, never rushing you to quickly complete a level. Unlike some puzzle games Quell Memento lets you take your time with the puzzles, with no time limits or lives ticking down. It made the experience so much more enjoyable.
If you do get stuck, you can use coins earned in game to unlock the solutions, though the harder the level, the more coins you have to use. Again, this isn’t an intrusive option, as it just sits there for you to use if needed. When you unlock a solution this way, the game doesn’t just complete the level and let you move on, but guides you through the motions, so you can learn from your mistakes.
Personally I preferred the touch controls which were, for the most part, very responsive, though you can also use the D-Pad to move the drops around. There were a couple of times when moves wouldn’t register correctly from my touches, but those were incredibly rare instances and the only glitch I came across.
- A very calm puzzle game.
- The visuals are beautiful.
- Superb music and voice acting.
- A couple of minor glitches with movement.
Quell Memento is a brilliant little title that brings with it a sense of relaxation. There is no rush here to blast through the game, instead you can just enjoy your time with it. There will be times you’ll get stuck, but with solutions being available and the lack of pressure there isn’t any frustration. Quell Memento is just one of those puzzle titles that is pretty much perfect.