Florence (video game)

Florence
A cartoon pale girl with black hair looks to the left. "Florence: an interactive story about love and life" is on the lefthand side. There is a yellow background.
Preview title image for Florence.
Developer(s)Mountains
Publisher(s)Annapurna Interactive
Director(s)Ken Wong
Composer(s)Kevin Penkin
EngineUnity
Platform(s)
Release
  • iOS
  • February 14, 2018
  • Android
  • March 14, 2018
Genre(s)Interactive novel, Minigames
Mode(s)Single-player

Florence is an interracial interactive story and video game developed by the Australian studio Mountains and published by Annapurna Interactive. The game was released on February 14, 2018 (Valentine's Day) for iOS and on March 14, 2018 for Android. In Florence, the player follows the story of 25 year-old Florence Yeoh as she lives her daily routine and meets Krish, a cellist she sees in the park. The game features little written dialogue and tells Florence's story through a series of brief chapters. The game uses basic puzzles to reinforce pieces of Florence's life as players progress through her story.

Lead designer Ken Wong wanted to create games that eschewed violence and was inspired by his work on Monument Valley to have a more narrative-focused experience that included puzzles. The game received favorable reviews that praised the game's art-style, music, and narrative structure.

Gameplay

Florence shows the awkwardness of a first date through a puzzle minigame. As Florence becomes more comfortable talking with Krish, the puzzles become easier.[1]

Florence is divided into 20 chapters, each featuring a different portion of Florence Yeoh's life.[2] The chapters are separated into six acts, which represent different portions of Florence's growth and change. The game plays out linearly, requiring input from the player in the form of short minigames which help mimic or reveal Florence's thoughts and actions.[2][3] These games include: Florence brushing her teeth, Florence following the sound of a cello to find Krish, Krish cleaning his room before Florence visits, and Florence packing up her things when Krish moves in—and giving Krish's things back to him when he moves out—among others. A single play-through of Florence takes approximately 30 minutes.[2]

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