Undo. Unwind. UnLink. Pick up your mouse and chill out a little with this puzzle game from FOG Games. It's a classic style of brainteaser that many of us grew up with: You are given an object made up of many smaller, interlocking pieces. Although they appear to be tightly tangled, they can, in fact, be neatly undone without breaking any of the parts. Here, the cavalcade of objects is rendered in lovely 3D, and you get twenty-three of them for the tasty price of free instead of paying fifteen bucks at the state fair for one hand-carved wood puzzle that'll mostly just sit looking intimidating on your mantelpiece. Grab and pull pieces with your left mouse button, and use the right mouse button to rotate the shapes for a better look at them. And don't sweat the small stuff. There's a hint button waiting in the wings, ready to offer you advice and to reassure you that "everything will become clear." What a sweetheart!
It's a classic puzzle style, but this isn't the first time it's been put to code and data. In fact, puzzle fans will notice that there's a lot of similarity between UnLink and another 3D puzzler known as Interlocked. Both only allow you to move the blocks in straight lines; no twisting or turning these pieces! Both also use a charming, soft minimalist aesthetic that makes them rather relaxing. What makes UnLink stand out from Interlocked is its approach to the puzzles themselves. Whereas Interlocked favors blockier, more symmetrical structures to disentangle, UnLink has wilder and more abstract shapes. Not only does this mean you'll need a different approach, but it actually makes some puzzles a bit more logical! It's clearer how the different pieces are stuck together, making it easier to figure out how to pull them apart. Plus, there's just something pleasing about the cut of UnLink's jib, and the soothing tone of voice it adopts in its hints. It's like talking to an old friend as they try to cheer you up after a bad day. If nothing else, it's a puzzle idea that's stood the test of time in the first place. More of the same is sometimes a very, very good thing.