A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game looks at the effect of loss on our lives -- and how we recover from that, with a strong focus on love.
Positive Role Models
All of the characters, even the flawed ones, end up showing positive qualities before the end of the game.
Ease of Play
Putting together parts for each device are slightly challenging, but never frustrating.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This puzzle game manages to dive into deep emotional concepts while at the same time presenting a fun, enjoyable set of spatial challenges for you to solve. Assemble With Care is a zen-like masterpiece that teaches empathy as it entertains you. The game's core mechanic of fixing broken objects is relaxing, without any real pressure from a clock or demands from characters. You'll have to finish the tasks, but at no point will you feel rushed to do so. (And the puzzles aren't hard at all.) The real heart of the game is the character interaction, learning the stories of the people of Bellariva and acting as their therapist.
It's a short game that can be completed in an hour or so, but because it's part of the all-you-can-eat Apple Arcade bundle, there's no feeling that you overpaid -- and frankly, if this were the only game in the bundle, the price would still be a fair one. Assemble With Care is a game that shows the best in people and, with a little luck, can bring out the best in players as well.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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