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a game by Optillusion
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Best Casual Games, Best Indie Games, Puzzle Games, Abstract Games

When it comes to puzzle games, Moncage is one of the most interesting ones to be released in 2021. This is a very clever kind of game that is about using forced perspective and getting the player to think outside of the box. I love the idea of this and while the game is said to be on the short side, I think that short, but sweet is probably the best way to look at this. I love the whole vibe they are going for here and if puzzle games are usually your jam, you have to take a closer look at this game.

A Slice Of Life

I cannot really go into detail about the story that Moncage is trying to tell us as that is really the point of the game, to try and uncover the story and the way things link together. From my perspective, I see the theme and premise of this game as kind of similar to the fantastic Maquette that also came out this year.

I am not saying that this is a love story like that game was, but it does seem to have a more realistic and a slice of life type approach to the storytelling which is something I always enjoy.

So Simple, Yet So Beautiful

I know that this is going to sound crazy, but the whole style and vibe that Moncage has makes it one of the most interesting looking games as far as visuals go for me this year. It does look basic, but that is all by design and I love it. Rather than give the player an open world to explore, the “game” takes place on an ever changing cube. A cube that you can view from five different sides. There are various scenes that will be happening on the sides of the cube.

The idea is that you need to line things up and figure out how they are all connected. A great example of this is that a kid’s playground where there is a slide can be lined up so that it becomes part of a machine in a factory! You go from looking at the diorama, wondering what the story is to wondering how each and everything can relate to another side of the cube. These are the kind of puzzles that can stump you for a while, but then you get your “eureka” kind of moment and it all makes sense.

With A Little Help From My Friends

There is a pretty interesting hint system at play in Moncage. It all depends on if you are playing Classic Mode or Challenge Mode. If you are playing Classic Mode then you can activate your “focus” with this activated it will highlight the element that is key to solving the puzzle this is the most hand holding that you can possibly get.

Challenge Mode on the other hand is only going to give you a little nudge in the right direction rather than flat out telling you what you need to do. You can switch between the two modes as you like which I think is neat.


As someone who loves more unusual and interesting puzzle games, Moncage is a game that I have a feeling could feature on my best games of 2021 list. The whole premise is just so intriguing and interesting that I cannot want to be able to play it from start to end. I am not sure it is the kind of game that I would come back to time and time again as I am not sure what the replay value will be, but to be fair you could say that about most puzzle games.


  • The whole premise of the game is very interesting
  • I love the art style
  • The whole cube thing is very cool
  • I like how there are two levels to the hint system


  • Not sure how long the game will be
  • Also, not sure it will have much in the way of replay value

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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