Stay, Mum review
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Stay, Mum review

Our Review by Nadia Oxford on October 30th, 2015
Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STAY A BIT, MAYBE
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Stay, Mum gets big points for its heartfelt presentation, but its puzzle-based gameplay is a bit lean

Developer: Lucid Labs

Price: $2.99
Version: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Stay, Mum is a physics puzzler about blocks wrapped up in a sweet narrative about a working mother who wants to be with her son.

Look at that sentence again. It's a bit odd, isn't it? Of course, there's no reason why a puzzle game can't have an engaging story, but it's still a little weird as far as Stay, Mum is concerned.

Not so puzzling

Well, the important thing is that the base gameplay for Stay, Mum is engaging, albeit not on a deep level. Thepuzzles are pretty easy to breeze through, with the exception of one that's bugged and won't accept any answer (it can be skipped over though, and a fix is reportedly on its way).

Stay, Mum involves filling in each level's dotted lines. The titular Mum gives her sad son some blocks to play with in her prolonged absence, and you simply need to re-arrange the blocks in a way that fills in the blanks.

There's one stipulation: When you finish slotting in the blocks, you need to press the "gravity" button, which causes the blocks to fall to the bottom of the screen. If your workmanship is shoddy and the blocks tumble, you lose.

The bottom line

Otherwise, Stay, Mum is an easy-going game. Each level has a time limit, but it's more for your own records than for any sort of competition. If you take a long time to complete a puzzle, you're not penalised.

So if you're looking for a low-stress puzzle game wrapped up in a sweet package, you might want to give Stay, Mum a look-see.

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