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Lorelei and the Laser Eyes has turned me into a puzzle sicko

A screenshot from the video game Lorelei and the Laser Eyes.
Image: Annapurna Interactive

I’ve probably spent more time in Lorelei and the Laser Eyes jotting down notes and theories than I have actually playing the game. The latest release from Simogo — the Swedish studio behind eclectic titles like Year Walk and Device 6 — is a mystery game that is absolutely dense with puzzles. The sheer scale of it is initially intimidating. Everything in the game is locked behind a door of some kind, and figuring out how to open them involves navigating a deluge of cryptic, strange, and often confusing clues. But once I gave myself over to the game’s logic, it all made a certain kind of sense. Eventually, it was all I could think about, and I have the notebook full of scribbled solutions to prove it.

There’s very little setup. You arrive…

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