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Map Out Your Path in Carto, a Story-Driven Puzzle Adventure

Brenda Zhang

January 25, 2021

1 minute read

The Game at a Glance

Carto is a chill adventure game wrapped around a unique, world-shifting puzzle mechanic. Use this power to explore mysterious lands, help a quirky cast of new friends, and guide Carto on her journey home.
  • Genre: Story-driven puzzle adventure
  • Developer: Sunhead Games
  • Publisher: Humble Games
  • Main Character: Carto
  • Played On: MacOS
  • Release Date: October 27, 2020
  • Time Spent: 5 hours
  • Completion: 100%
  • Winning Traits: Charming art, cute story, and most of all, the most unique puzzle you'll ever experience
  • Recommended?: Without a hint of a doubt for this amazingly unique and well-executed puzzle adventure
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Normally, I'm only able to move my character around to solve puzzles. In Carto, I could move my whole map around. As I did so, the landscape around me shifted and changed, new structures popped up, treasured opened themselves, and new friends appeared. With just a few movements of the map I was standing in, I could move clear across the land of Carto, from a grassland to river to a magical storybook building to the middle of a sandstorm.

That simple, yet amazingly smooth and unique mechanic is just the charm of Carto—not to mention the fun-filled adventure, vibrant characters and illustrations, enticing story, and plucky little protagonist. My recommendation: pick up Carto immediately. This short, yet densely-packed game with its quiet, but intelligent heroine who stumbles into a dozen adventures while trying to find her grandmother will capture your attention for hours... and your heart for much longer.

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