• Publisher: ustwo
  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2019
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  • Summary: From the studio that brought you Monument Valley, comes a story about taking things apart and putting ourselves back together. When Maria, a globe-trotting antique restorer, arrives in the sun-soaked town of Bellariva, she has no idea just how broken it will turn out to be. She wants nothingFrom the studio that brought you Monument Valley, comes a story about taking things apart and putting ourselves back together. When Maria, a globe-trotting antique restorer, arrives in the sun-soaked town of Bellariva, she has no idea just how broken it will turn out to be. She wants nothing more than to help the town’s inhabitants save their most beloved possessions, but when it’s their personal lives that are starting to fracture, she’ll need to find a way to hold them together, one spare screw at a time. Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Sep 25, 2019
    90
    This game is perfect for anyone with a love of stories, puzzles, and fixing things alike, but I highly recommend everyone take a quick peek at it. There’s an even balance between story and puzzle so I doubt you’ll find it lacking in any one area. Assemble With Care is truly one of the best apps I’ve played in far too long and really left me wanting more even though the story was wrapped up quite well. No matter if you’re still in your parents’ house or already having children of your own, I feel confident in recommending this game to each and every one of you.
  2. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    My overall impression of Assemble with Care was that Apple has launched a service that is well worth every penny. I never had a problem shelling out money for good looking premium titles. But being able to pay for a bunch of games and playing the ones I like the look of was a brilliant idea.
  3. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    There’s no real challenge, and Assemble with Care can barely be considered a videogame: however, fixing things with Maria is a satisfactory and soothing experience.
  4. Sep 30, 2019
    75
    A quaint game and a splendid diversion from the rest of the Apple Arcade lineup. It's not the type of game people are going to subscribe to the service just to play, but it is a wonderful supplement to the more time-consuming titles available.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Oct 10, 2019
    50
    From a game entitled Assemble With Care, we had really expected something with a bit more heart. [Issue#338, p.115]
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  1. Oct 1, 2019
    It’s something that’s benefited by shorter play sessions — on a train or waiting in a car. Otherwise, the story feels heavy-handed. I’d rather focus on the meditative act of pulling apart and piecing together objects, inspecting each piece to figure out how it’ll work for me.
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  1. Sep 20, 2019
    7
    Part audiobook, part puzzle game. Beautifully rendered audio/visuals. Gentle overtones.

    What the critics aren't telling you: The writing
    Part audiobook, part puzzle game. Beautifully rendered audio/visuals. Gentle overtones.

    What the critics aren't telling you: The writing intrudes greatly upon the gaming to give each puzzle emotional significance.

    If that is what you want, I think, you'll like this game as much as early critics seem to. (Let's face it; critics themselves are writers and tend to favor saccharine games like Florence and Sea of Solitude more than the average...let's say, less sensitive person.) If what you want is a pure puzzle game that leaves the story mostly up to you to fill in, I think, the story might grate on your nerves.

    At times, I found myself gritting my teeth to put up with the main character's windswept world-view or pinching my lips in a frown at an over-loud (IMO) emotional story beat. It was hard to put myself in the main character's shoes, and the game doesn't leave much comfort for any player not to do so. If you want to have your imagination tickled and your heartstrings plucked, this might be the best puzzler out there for you. Myself, I prefer less story and more fast-paced geometry and tactics in a puzzle game.

    This game is exceptional, but it is exceptional for the niche audience that it hits all the right notes for. For others, it is more in the range of "pretty good, pretty good."
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