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Art meets puzzles in Fernando Ramallo's simple but challenging title. Let the hypnotic colours and abstract animations soothe your brain as you shift and rotate portions of the image until everything snaps into place. Despite a lack of variety and one simple mechanic, Dependant offers a lovely respite from fast-paced twitch gaming and remains accessible to just about anyone to boot.

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If you're already too mellow to play a Zen game such as this, worry not: a good source of stress is waiting for the darn game to load. *sigh*

Beware: ad-filled browser-freezing experience. Couldn't quit fast enough. I'll get my zen by turning off the 'puter.

[I've mirrored the game here: http://jayisgames.com/games/dependant/ for those who can't play it at the sponsor's site due to browser issues. -Jay]

More of a mildly irritating puzzle game than a "Zen" one, in my opinion; of course, "Zen" might be considered mildly irritating by some. :shrug:

I truly have no idea how they figured their "par" -- but it's sort of mesmerizing to slide the panels around.


By the way - and sorry this is OT, but I don't know how else to put this up...

Please consider making a donation to the Red Cross for aid to the folks in Japan who have lost so much, endured such tragedy and hardship, and have so much more to endure...So many of our favorite game designers are Japanese, and it hurts to see so much misery and so few ways to offer any sort of help.

(a request for help from any deity or deities you believe in might not be bad either)

I haven't finished it, but I have noticed that if you get par scores or below, you get a little message with each solved puzzle. These are a little disturbing, but fit with the title well, including:

"I'm dependent"
"It's not what I want"
"I always go back"
"Every time is worse"
"It consumes me"

and so on. It looks like there is a bit of a dark edge to this game, so I guess it's not entirely a day in a field of sunflowers...

On the host site AND on the JIG mirrored version, I can't get past the initial colored loading screen. The opaque bar only gets through the first half of "loading" and then it stops. The game won't load any further.


Also, I'm having problems logging in. I had to go and reset my password and j.i.g. STILL won't accept it!

Okay, I got my log-in to work.

I can't play the game on the host site, and the mirrored version here doesn't work either!!

Two weeks later.

Am I the only one who can't get the game to load more than halfway?

It doesn't work on the host site. It doesn't work here on JIG in the mirrored version supposedly created to solve this problem!

THERE we go...there is an option below the initial loading screen to skip the ads. Ignoring it yields a hung loading screen (same as playing on JIG). NOW I can play!

[I don't get the same thing you describe. The game loads fine and goes right to the main game menu without issue. What version of Flash Player are you using, and what browser? -Jay]

What I think about this game, put in a spoiler because I feel like it.

I think this game might be about drugs. What you are sliding around are his/her hallucinations, and some of the things s/he says when you get par as Argyblarg posted, may be about how s/he has an addiction to drugs and many times s/he has tried to get off them but has failed.

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