Black Side is an unassuming little puzzle game from Mateusz Narolewski that will have you saying, "Even a child could do that!" — just before it sends the little troops inside your hindbrain dashing to their battle stations and makes you question whether someone's been replacing your breakfast cereal with paint chips. Using your mouse, trace paths across a board of black and white tiles so that the white tiles you've selected turn to black.
"Oh, that's too simple!", I can hear you saying. Well then, how about this? Your paths can only start on tiles that have been marked with a star, and so the number of paths you can trace on a given board are limited by how many star tiles are there. And all tiles, black or white, will always flip when you've included them in your path. Sometimes, you'll need to traverse tiles twice — once to get somewhere, and once again to flip them back. With a simple premise that must have been a cinch to code, Black Side reminds us that sometimes, all you really need to craft a successful game is a very good idea. Also, that innocent-looking pixels are still capable of making us go completely slack-jawed