Kids (video game)
Steam - World - Title card.
Kids is a casual puzzle video game developed and published by Playables on 2019-05-28 for Android, iOS, Linux, Macintosh, and Windows. The game centers around a crowd of white featureless "kids" whose movements you are able to influence to some degree. In each scene you have to get them to do something like fall into a pit, clap their hands, or make their way through intestines.
|Yes. On itch.io and Steam.
I bought this game as part of the Bundle For Racial Justice and Equality. It looked fairly interesting from the trailer, so I installed it and beat it in about 15 minutes. It was quite interesting.
Best Version: Windows
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- The game is nicely weird. For example, you get to poop the kids out of a sphincter.
- The little white "kids" are well-drawn and smoothly animated.
- The ambient sound fits the surreal game and the spoken dialogue sounds good.
- There is something oddly satisfying about all the footsteps stomping around and the hands clapping in order.
- Although there are over a dozen scenes, many of them are just rehashes of existing puzzles with tiny variations. The puzzles aren't very taxing either, so it's less a puzzle game and more of a artistic toy.
- With game play topping out at about 15 minutes, and much of it just being variations on a theme, there just isn't enough enjoyment to be had.
|Strong female character?
|No gender is depicted in the "kids."
|There are no clear women.
|Strong person of color character?
|None of the characters have a race, but they are all drawn white.
|There are no clear queer characters.