May 26 Meditation (Jose Luis Gutierrez Herrera)

May 26 Meditation ( Jose Luis Gutierrez Herrera )

May 26 Meditation (Jose Luis Gutierrez Herrera)

This isn’t the first game – or even the first Meditation – to try to capture how fortunate it feels to find one person among the billions who seems just right for you, but it’s one of the cleverest.

You control two people via two timelines that don’t seem to strictly represent a particular length of time between fixed points, but rather the idea of a person’s routine. As you move each dot along its timeline, a little figure of the same colour – purple or green – moves about in a silhouette of a town, going into and out of the buildings, visible through the windows. It looks as though these people live at opposite ends of this stylised town, but occasionally they frequent the same buildings. If you can find a place on each timeline that has the two people in the same place in the town above, you’ll get a heart.

Because this is a video game, you need three hearts to win. But in real life your mileage may vary: it may just take one chance encounter to set things in motion.