You know, they say that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wings can turn into gale force winds half-way around the world. That's why time travel agencies rigorously stipulate No Stomping on Butterflies before you're allowed passage. Some little girls haven't learned this lesson yet, so opening the Music Box of Life turns into an enigmatic story unfolding through the pages of a spot-the-difference puzzle series.
Through the magic of suspension-of-disbelief, a blithly thoughtless young lady learns that her behavior toward fluttery insects can result in either an unhappy pairing with the town bully or romantic picnics with a sensitive artist. Oh, but that's not the only difference you'll notice in these three games by FunBunGames—every scene in this pictoral narrative is presented in duplicate, side-by-side. Look closely at the artistically-rendered images for discrepancies between the two panels and you might even be stumped (no crossing your eyes now!) The differences aren't just mere ommissions; sometimes they're the more subtle reworkings of posture or style (better fitting the butterfly effect motif.) The scenes are generated randomly, so you can play again and again to uncover even more variances. The logic here's slightly inscrutable, the story wavers perversely between childishness and bitterly nightmarish drama, and still it entertains your curiosity while challenging your observational forte.
Well sure, some might make jokes about age or gender type-casting but by blending eery sci-fi, nerdy romanticism, charming graphics and immense replayability, the Music Box of Life series is brimming with appeal. As it turns out, chaos theory is actually quite fun!