A Very Simple Game 2:
Odd One Out
Just how good are you at spotting differences? So good that you can find miniscule discrepancies between moving objects that, by all cursory glances, look and act identically? It's time to activate your visual cortex in a serious way with A Very Simple Game 2: Odd One Out, a game that's so simple, it will stump you time and time again.
The idea is straightforward: find which smiley is different from the rest. What sets one smiley apart from the others is never easy to see, though. Sometimes it's a difference in movement patterns or speed. Sometimes a different placement of dots or shadings. Sometimes, after carefully studying the screen for a few minutes, you have no idea what the difference is and you wildly throw a click out there in the hopes that your luck will make up for your lack of attention to detail. It probably isn't, and you'll lose one of your few lives and get knocked back a level, forcing you to do it all over again. Don't be hasty!
Fortunately, some help is available for those times you get stuck (and you will). A hint system offers one helpful piece of prose for each level, never telling you outright what to look for but instead giving you a cryptic clue you must decipher on your own. It's usually enough to dislodge your sputtering difference-spotting engines, and since solving the hint riddle is almost a game unto itself, it's fun, even when you're "failing". Heck, sometimes it's fun to look up the hint even before you check out the smileys!
A Very Simple Game 2 looks and sounds simple, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's easy. It's not. It's challenging. Quite challenging. So challenging, you'll probably get stuck on the third level. The hints even require some untangling, so there's never a free ride, just a brain teaser left and right.
Also, if having one simple game isn't enough, head back and try the original A Very Simple Game. It uses a lot of the same assets, but instead of spotting differences, you're spotting spots, clicking on colored dots in each level. Not as mind-bending or challenging, but still good for a coffee break or two.