GUI Game, by Athletic Design is one of those point-and-click puzzle games that have you blitzing through a series of near-identical screens with a crafty puzzle to solve for each. However, GUI Game is a bit different from what you've seen before: here the menu interface is your puzzle provider, and that means there's a lot of entertaining, fourth-wall nudging challenges to confound you with. Gameplay's as simple as using the mouse to click the button that will take you to the next level while avoiding the cursor-swallowing black background. It's figuring out how that button will be hiding that's the challenge, and you'll need every trick and option the Graphical User Interface provides in order to triumph.
You have to wonder sometimes how well games built upon playing with the tropes and viewer expectations play to those who haven't experienced the genre works it's poking at. Are games like Humbug or Inquisitive Dave incomprehensible, or is it made easier for those without enough familiarity to be misled? One suspects that those who've become familiar of all the usual tricks used by games like DOOORS or 40x Escape will find GUI Game's playful deconstructions much more entertaining than those not so thrilled when a game seems to be showing off how gosh-darn clever it is. But hey, GUI Game is indeed clever, and the entertaining way its puzzles mess with form will have you shaking off the cobwebs in the lateral thinking parts of the brain.