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Beautiful visuals, simple gameplay in ‘Glare’

Sometimes, you don’t want a surfeit of back story or lots of fancy game mechanics. You just want a game that is simple, absorbing, and enjoyable to play. “Glare,” a side-scrolling (that is, the player moves across a two-dimensional world, as in the Mario games) indie effort by Phobic Studios that was released a few weeks ago for Windows, Mac, and Linux, is one of those games: a bite-size chunk of sleek, straightforward fun that benefits from a lot of polish.

If I could highlight just one thing about “Glare,” it would be the game’s simple aesthetic, which minimizes clutter and explanation and maximizes crisp, beautiful visuals.

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