Welcome back to the blog! We hope you all had a wonderful summer and are settling well into the Autumn routine.
This time last year we published a post on the benefits of puzzles and games, from keeping our minds sharp to providing a little light relief from the stresses of the day-to-day. We highlighted some classics – jigsaws, crosswords and sudoku – as well as the online phenomenon, Wordle. Since then we’ve discovered a few more games in the virtual world, and thought you might like these three in particular.
Like Wordle, Connections is published by the New York Times and there is a new puzzle daily. The goal is to find four groups of four words among a set of sixteen, with each group having something in common. You can shuffle words around but cannot make more than four mistakes. Sometimes the groupings come together easily and sometimes they are downright tricky!
Agatha Christie Games
If you are interested in sleuthing, Agatha Christie Games enable you to play the part of a detective in a few different digital adventure games, including Hercule Poirot: The London Case, and the soon-to-be-released Murder on the Orient Express. You can play on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. For those of you who prefer a more real-world approach, Agatha Christie Games also offers playing cards, puzzles and bingo.
The Stanley Parable
Originally published in 2013 and recently updated with new content, The Stanley Parable is a story-based game in which you are the protagonist and make choices and decisions about how the story progresses – either in line with, or contrary to, the narrator’s directions…. Check out their intriguing trailer. If you are unfamiliar with the world of video games, our friend Josh (who also provided our summer classical playlist) tells us that this an excellent game to begin with.
Have fun, and if you have other games you’d like to recommend to our readers, please do share in the comments below.
Until the next time,
Sam and Claire