You're in front of the computer. You should be working right now. But there's dishes in the sink, maybe you should wash them. Hmm, has the mail come yet? And you're so tired, even the desk is looking comfy... Sound familiar? I'm guessing a sizable portion of the JIG community (your humble reviewer included) will recognize an aspect of themselves in Hummingbird Mind, a brief visual novel by Cardboard Computer about distractions and daydreams. You'll have to make your way through the abstract narrative and find equally abstract solutions to the distractions that pop up if you want to succeed.
Hummingbird Mind plays a bit like an old-fashioned "Choose Your Own Adventure" novel. Each scene presents you with a piece of narrative, and usually several options to choose from to help you navigate or decide what to do next. Just click to make your choice. Lather, rinse, repeat... hey, speaking of which, do you maybe need a shower too? Add that to the list. Right after "find the list". There's no way to lose, and while reason will get you there faster, you could conceivably brute force your way through every dialogue choice and get to the ending that way. However, you'd be missing out on the real point of the game, which isn't to provide a challenge for you to beat, but rather to give you a new perspective.
Many of you probably found your way to this review because you are checking your RSS feed (or Facebook wall, or Twitter or ad nauseum) instead of working on that thing that you are supposed to be doing right now. Don't look so sheepish! I'm not here to judge, and more importantly, neither is Hummingbird Mind. The premise of "you are distracted and you must eliminate the distractions to get to work" is a plot that is very common in creative works such as games, probably because so many creators are freelancers. Write/program what you know, right? Many of these games treat distraction as "The Enemy". Hummingbird Mind doesn't. On the contrary, Hummingbird Mind seems to want you to cuddle up to your distractions and have a big ol' kumbayah circle with them. It's a refreshing and stress-relieving take, and since the game will only take you 15 minutes to play through to the end, this is a distraction that you can allow yourself even if the deadline is dire.