The Future Games Show had it's share of smaller scale titles, with one particularly standing out being a game titles Love: A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories.
Accompanied with a short trailer and jangly guitar music, we see an apartment complex filled with characters in various slice of life situations. Some are in bright and colorful squares, others more monochromatic and devoid of any color. The apartment complex also shifts and contorts like a rubix cube, adding to the 'puzzle element' to the title of Love.
According to developer Rocketship Park, Love is an emotional game that will allow players to explore interactions in both the past and present, allowing the player to get to know the people that live around them in their apartment building. Players will be able to explore the complex and meet the inhabitants inside, and learn about their own personal stories as they interact with the residents more closely.
Those stories will focus on the inhabitants past, which in most cases will continue to impact them and their neighbors in the present day. The real hook of the puzzle component is the ability to rotate the apartment complex back and forth through time, allowing those inhabitants to make changes to their past to help resolve their issues for the present.
Rocketship Park describes Love as " an experiment in storytelling that combines the rich experience of a diorama with puzzles inspired by point-and-click adventures. Love creates opportunities for empathy and reflection, as well as moments of classic head-scratching puzzle goodness."
Love: A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories is currently scheduled to be released on October 21st, 2020 on Steam.