Naya’s Quest is a cool little game by Terry Cavanagh of Super Hexagon and VVVVVV fame. And it’s free. You should play it before reading this. It shouldn’t take you more than an hour. In my most humble opinion, it’s not even that important that you complete it.
But at the very least, play till you understand the beauty of it.
Go play it. Now.
It’s amazing how he took a very basic illusion, one that most of us have encountered before, and turned it into a game.
The result is a series of mind-bending puzzles that forces your brain into thinking in new perspectives. Personally, that was the most fascinating aspect of the game — rewiring my brain. If you think the puzzles are tough, just imagine how much harder it must have been to conceptualize them.
There isn’t that much of a story here, in terms of content. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. While most things are left unsaid, I truly enjoyed the little bits of text that deepened the sense of mystery.
The controls are a bit wonky to be honest, and often felt frustrating to use. Might have been due to the isometric nature of the game, but I think there’s definitely room for improvement.
Check out this interview with the creator on his creation process. In particular, it discusses why he decided to release it for free, which I thought it was sincere and inspiring.