Valentine’s Day was invented by Hallmark to sell people more cards. Ok, now that that’s out of the way, it’s nice to set aside a time of year to celebrate the people you have close connections with. Many people like to do that around this time of year, and that’s pretty cool I think.
Something else that’s cool is how games are increasingly exploring interpersonal relationships. If you’re in the mood for experiencing games that do this well this Valentine’s Day, I’ve hand selected a few mobile games that can give you exactly that. See below:
Spitkiss - $0.99
Spitkiss is a bizarre platformer about beings that can only communicate through emojis and bodily fluid. Strange premise aside though, it’s a really fantastic game that feels perfectly tuned for touch screen controls. Pick this up if you want a mechanically satisfying game or one that explores the nontraditional relationships.
Florence - $2.99
If you haven’t played Florence yet, stop reading this and go do it already. A game about young love and growth, Florence gorgeously crafts an unforgettable experience that succeeds because of how its mechanics, art, sound, and narrative all weave together. Although Florence is a little on the short side, it’s such a high quality package that you can’t help but fall in love with it.
Speed Dating for Ghosts - $1.99
It may not release until tomorrow, but Copychaser Games’s Speed Dating for ghosts is an endearing, death-positive adventure where you literally go on dates with spectral beings. This game does a great job of establishing its characters and premise quickly, so you can hop right into the chase of chatting up potential poltergeist partners.
Regency Love - $4.99
Regency Love is probably the most conventional love story game on this list. Set in Regency-era England, you play as a young woman as she navigates complex social situations involving her potential suitors. It almost feels like playing a Jane Austen novel, but one where you can choose your own dialogue.
Homo Machina - $2.99
It may be a bit of an outlier here, but Homo Machina belongs on this list. Sure, it may be an adventure game that’s mostly about trying to control the innerworkings of a human body as if each body part were separate departments of a mid-century factory, but the body being controlled is someone who is getting ready for a romantic night out. As much as this game imagines the human experience as purely mechanical, Homo Machina has a surprising amount of humanity and charm going for it.
Gemini - A Journey of Two Stars - $1.99
It’s been almost four years since Gemini - A Journey of Two Stars released, and it’s still one of the most powerful game experiences I’ve played. I won’t go too much into what this game is about, as discover is a key part of enjoying it, but I will say that Gemini is able to say a lot about companionship without saying much at all.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch - $4.99
If you’re looking for something on the sillier side of romance, I have to recommend Octodad: Dadliest Catch. You play as an octopus masquerading as a human father and husband, and your job is to effectively perform mundane tasks like walk down the aisle at your wedding and mow the lawn without blowing your cover. This is much easier said than done, but that’s part of the fun here. Controlling a floppy octopus who’s doing his best to support his human family is hilarious, endearing, and demonstrates how much work you need to put into the relationships you care about.