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  • Summary: Lightning Rod Games presents A Fold Apart: an award-winning puzzle game that explores the emotional rollercoaster of a long-distance relationship — in a world of folding paper.

    Featuring: - A relatable, true-to-life story of a long-distance relationship. - Over fifty handcrafted paper
    Lightning Rod Games presents A Fold Apart: an award-winning puzzle game that explores the emotional rollercoaster of a long-distance relationship — in a world of folding paper.

    Featuring:
    - A relatable, true-to-life story of a long-distance relationship.
    - Over fifty handcrafted paper folding puzzles.
    - Beautiful 3D graphics with a tactile, “homemade” paper aesthetic.
    - The ability to choose the couple that best represents you!

    After career choices force them along separate paths, a Teacher and Architect vow to make their long-distance relationship work at any cost. Experience both sides of their story as the couple navigates the complexities of (mis)communication and the emotional ups and downs that separation brings. By flipping, folding, and unfolding the paper puzzles in their handcrafted worlds, you can help the couple overcome the emotional barriers of their relationship — but will love endure...?
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 23, 2020
    94
    A Fold Apart brings you into a personal and deep story. It’s a story that invites you into a deep and meaningful relationship between two characters. It’s a game that’s real, and that’s why I love it.
  2. Apr 17, 2020
    90
    A Fold Apart is about hope and how love can get us through even the toughest of times. In that way, it's timeless.
  3. 90
    A Fold Apart is the sort of game that sticks with you long after the credits roll.
  4. Apr 17, 2020
    80
    A Fold Apart stands apart from its indie puzzler peers thanks to a heartwarming story and some truly innovative paper riddles.
  5. Apr 17, 2020
    80
    A Fold Apart is short and pricey, for sure, but the few hours it offers are an arresting blend of devious puzzling and heart-rending storytelling. Infinitely more so if you've been in a long-distance relationship.
  6. Apr 17, 2020
    73
    A Fold Apart is a different puzzle game, and that’s a good thing. The concept is novel, and I like a story with some emotional pull, but it never moves beyond that. I can’t think of a puzzle that stood out over the others or even a moment in the story that was particularly poignant. It all comes together in a presentable package. Its creative folding-paper mechanic makes it worth opening, even if what’s inside won’t overly excite you.
  7. Apr 17, 2020
    70
    A Fold Apart is creative and bright, but it falls short on the execution of its own mechanics. The narrative is what will capture your attention as you go on a journey with these two love-starved characters. If you’re looking for an artful adventure, then you’ll find one here as assisting these characters to express their love through unconventional means was a great way to spend an evening.

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  1. Apr 17, 2020
    7
    A Fold Aparat
    Folding Paper and tearing hearts
    A Fold Apart is a 3 hour long narrative based puzzle game about 2 people in a long distance
    A Fold Aparat
    Folding Paper and tearing hearts
    A Fold Apart is a 3 hour long narrative based puzzle game about 2 people in a long distance relationship.. characters that can be any combination youd like, so you choose if blue or red is male or female, if the relationship is straight or gay ,to give you a more personal connection to these characters, This is a single player game though I did start out by playing with my girlfriend, at first wed each play as the different characters, but there isn’t really a balance of who you play as, so this quickly turned into more of a game for us t ocollaborate with problem solving, to do each puzzle together rather than separately, and the puzzles in fold apart are very up and down with their challenge and complexity, one puzzle you may instantly get while another youll be folding the paper every which way you can until something finally clicks.. and these moments are very satisfying…
    A Fold apart takes place across 6 chapters and as the game progresses, new mechanics will be added.. you start out by simply folding and flipping the page to bring blocks together, to eventually being able to fold top to bottom, left to right… folding corners towards the end, disappearing platforms being thrown in, and even rotating the pages… all of which I found to be unnecessary.. the game was fine as is, and I feel the experience is short enough to not need constant gimmicks… levels started to get overwhelming towards the end..so much so that id start using the games hint system to just get through a level because too much was going on for me to want to try and figure out.. I wanted to just right back to the story..
    Which is a gift and a curse… I didn’t notice the hint system until the final 2 chapters.. and once I realized this was a thing.. it kind of brok ethe game for me… the hints do too much for the player… I feel A fold Apart would greatly benefit from a one or 2 hint per puzzle rather than the game just straight up showing you the solution… its like having the answers in the back of the math book.. why would you bother solving the problem if you can fold the final page over and just write it down… especially with an overwhelming equation…
    Overall though, I love the narrative focus of a fold apart, its more than just a paper folding puzzle game, its charming and emotional, you fel attached to these characters as youre chosing responses to text back and forth during this long distance relationship.. you feel the pain of both of these characters fighting to make this work… A Fold Apart is a great refresher on what love means, and on top of that is a nice little brain teaser…
    I give A Fold Apart
    a 7/10
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