She Remembered Caterpillars (Switch, PC)

I’m not really sure why this game is called She Remembered Caterpillars.  Before each level there is some text for some kind of story, but it’s not really necessary or related to the gameplay and just makes things more artsy and pretentious than what it needs to be.  For all I’m concerned, the story is that you’re trying to make these little colored critters get to certain spots on a maze filled with colored bridges and whatnot, and when all the little guys are where they need to be, they’ll sprout propellers and fly away, moving you on to the next level.  This puzzle game is available to download on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

Each level is a little maze, and you have critters that you can control.  Get each one to a white spot on the maze to finish the level.  Each little dude is a different color, and you can switch between them with the shoulder buttons.  Move them around with the d-pad.  The colored critters can cross bridges of the same color, but they can’t cross past little tentacle gates of the same color.  If two different colored critters are next to each other, you can press a button to make them merge together to form a new color.  So if a blue and red guy are merged to form a purple one, it can pass through both red and blue and purple bridges.  Handy when you need to get two critters across obstacles.  Press the button again to make them split into two different colors.

On the pause screen you can view the controls and restart a level, which is handy since they don’t explain the controls very well during the game.  Another nice feature that they don’t explain very well is that the colors of the critters also have shapes that correspond to bridges and such, which is also handy for color blind folks.  You can also use the touch screen to play if you have the Switch in handheld mode.  I only wish the game had a hint feature because not even a dozen levels in and it gets pretty darn hard.  Otherwise it’s still a nice little game for puzzle fans.

Kid Factor:

Nothing violent or objectionable here.  Reading skill is helpful for some of the text, and younger gamers may find the puzzles too difficult.  She Remembered Caterpillars is rated E for Everyone.

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