Films and fiction have romanticised love to an unrealistic extent, and that's something we're seeing unravel in more modern tales around relationships. People are slowly exploring what being with someone else is really like, and that's exactly what Nina Freeman, Jake Jefferies, and Ryan Yoshikami have done with the collection of mini-games called We Met in May.
Well actually, these are described as "vignettes", each of which shows a different side of the main characters being together. The first is suitably early in the relationship, with Nina taking love interest Jake back to her place. It's then up to you whether you hide the stuff you may or may not be embarrassed about, like a bra on a chair or a collection of manga, to see how Jake responds.
Then comes a trip to the beach, where you can play with Jake and move elements around in the scene, like chips and sand, all of which will pour onto the pair of you. At certain points your eyes lock and you move to a new scene, and before you know it you've spent the whole day at the beach just messing around.
The third and fourth vignettes made us laugh the most, as the third is all about trying on clothing, each of which grants new abilities. You can then use your abilities to act out crazy moves which score points as you show Jake, and there's an arcade feeling to this that's really playing into the Sailor Moon and anime themes we saw in the first vignette (like the posters everywhere).
Last up is perhaps the most ridiculous, but also the most day-to-day. Essentially this is a mini-game about the little things we do to tease our partner, but this takes the form of an extreme game of flicking Jake's nipples as he's preparing dinner, before landing a killer blow. It's fun, it's goofy, and it's relatable, most importantly.
Essentially, this is just a package of moments that we've all experienced in relationships, and that's not to be taken literally either. Not all of us might like the beach or flicking nipples (funnily enough), but we've all done what these pair are doing, and it's because it doesn't take itself too seriously that makes this so real. It's one of those games where you can play this with a partner and say "you totally do this" or "remember when you did that?".
The whole packaging of this collection is just so darn lovely as well, as everything's bright and bubbly to the max. As you can see from the screenshots attached, there are pastel colours everywhere and the character models are in one sense based on real people, while at the same time doing ridiculous things, like the arm movements you can make at the beach. It's just a fun game to look at as well as play.
Don't expect hours of content here, but for a low price We Met in May provides a real peek into how silly and goofy we can all be in relationships. This isn't a love story of the grandeur of Beauty and the Beast, but it's a tale as old as time, when two people love each other and have the confidence to be themselves together. And in a way that's just as beautiful.
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