Itching For More: Wood For The Trees

Every Wednesday, even after taking far too long to do laundry thanks to people’s inability to collect laundry on time ( : -( ), Itching For More pops out of nowhere, like an annoying accidental alarm during a quiet moment with a close one. This week, small adventure game: Wood For The Trees

Wood For The Trees, by Rat King is a strange one. I’ve seen it float around itch for a couple weeks now, but ignored it, until this week, when i noticed it was still hovering around the “popular” section in the art games. Intrigued and stuck for time, I decided to check it out.

Wood For The Trees follows someone lost in their own fabricated thoughts, constantly looping, objects growing and fading as they come in and out of existence, control scheme forcing your brain to be on alert, it is really wonderful. It beings with you faced with one path, wood fenced off as you ponder over the situation, a beautifully textured scenery in front of your.

Wood For The Trees gets you to solve puzzles in order to progress. Whilst they were fairly simple ones — all were riddle based, it was still a joy to work it out and feel slightly more clever than usual. These puzzles serve a second function, as reflection for the protagonist’s inner argument, conversing with himself as if he were his brother.

The main message I took away from Wood For The Trees was the fact that solving your problems by yourself is far too overromanticised. Despite the fact that we’re deep within thought, which can potentially be quite insightful and beautiful (hence the scenery) we run the risk of over simplifying other people,

If someone does something mean to you, you’re much more likely to brand them a monster, an enemy instead of talking to them and discussing it. We often have a sense that we understand things better than everyone else, that we get it whilst they don’t understand.

Wood For The Trees argues the opposite of this excellently, with well written, intriguing story beats, mixed in. I love the fact that the control scheme is tough in this game in order to facilitate the feeling of slightly forcing yourself to continue on through the woods, the weird mouse look with RMB confused me at first, but grew on me considerably by the end of the game.

Wood For The Trees is a confident, well put together piece, giving the player a linear but incredibly interesting piece to play through and dissect.

Wood For The Trees is a free game, available here

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