Kids is an experimental â€œart houseâ€ game that only lasts for 30 minutes or so, so Iâ€™ll kick this off by saying you only â€œneed to playâ€ it if youâ€™re prepared to tackle that kind of thing. But I find myself thinking about it more than the other games on this list. The appeal lies in how you interpret it, and so I like to think of it as a kind of gamified Rorschach Test.
There is a theme, though: Kids is an open-ended commentary on crowds and how they behave. In one scene, you hover your mouse over faceless figures huddled around a hole and watch as they leap in. In another, you get them all to choose a specific person. In still another, you guide a body along whatâ€¦looks like a digestive track? Trust me, it’s all very weird.
Kids isnâ€™t a traditional game, and developers Michael Frei and Mario von Rickenbach are careful to call it a â€œshort interactive animationâ€ instead. Itâ€™s even part of a traveling art exhibit. But if youâ€™re the kind of person who likes games that break from the bounds of the familiar, consider it three bucks well spent.