You know you’ve made it in the illustrious world of independent game reviewing when developers start sending you games, just to get some cool time in the Indie Wonderland spotlight. That’s what happened a with Expand, a game about ‘meditative exploration through a shifting circular labyrinth’. The brainchild of Chris Johnson and Chris Larkin, the former sent a Steam key and an invitation to review two weeks ago to me and only me; this is definitely what happened, me being the only recipient, rather than this being some sort of larger press outreach program. I mean, my name was on the email! Check and mate, disbelievers.
(Spoiler levels: Narrative, nonexistent. Mechanical, fairly large, given that it’s mechanically a simple game.)
(Game source: Developer press key.)