A mix of lush and gorgeous visuals, some unique puzzle elements, and a pretty well-voiced story of love
Maquette starts off a bit slow, no matter how pretty it may be, and at first I really wasn’t sure what to make of it. I’d say its start is more rocky than it needs to be, primarily because you’re really not provided with much guidance. Once you understand how you must creatively manipulate objects between the “real world” and a reduced-scale maquette things get a bit easier. That said, there’s no doubt that there are some struggles here and there with fiddly controls for object placement and how they can sometimes behave as you try to move things around. If you don’t mind these bumps in the road on the way to your ultimately more positive experience overall the game should work well for you, but I could see where some folks could get discouraged and move on before it all clicks into place. With an absolutely fresh feel, beautiful world, and a generally touching story its handful of hours feel worthwhile, you’ll just want to be sure you have the patience to get over some periodic blemishes on the overall experience.
Justin Nation, Score: