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Unique smartphone games Framed and Framed 2 are now together in one place and offer some fun, clever puzzles.
If you're a fan of noir thrillers, puzzle games or just creatively presented ideas, you're bound to find something you'll enjoy here. It also won't require a massive time investment, which is always a plus.
Despite a couple of blemishes, The FRAMED Collection is a clever and stylish addition to the Switch library. Inevitably, it's much smoother to play with touch controls, but it's worth seeing the bold characters and more vibrant set pieces play out on a big TV. A couple of iffy puzzles and a fairly short run time for both games shouldn't put you off too much, as there are some excellent ideas here and a refreshingly cool overall experience. If you've never played them before and you like puzzle games with a dash of charisma, you should definitely check them out. Hideo Kojima can't be wrong, right?
A pocket-sized noir adventure filled with genuine charm and challenge that doesn't really feel all that comfortable on console.
Gameplay is a bit on the short side but it is still a great game to pick up and play while you are travelling or on holiday. It will really make you sit and think because the majority of the puzzles are not easy but you will feel a sense of accomplishment when you finally solve them.
The Framed Collection is a beautiful experiment in interactivity. The heist-comic book premise permeates every inch of these games from puzzles to story to art. A few puzzles didn't quite land for me, but the tight pacing and variety in complexity kept me engaged until the end that came too soon.
A great little pair of puzzle games here. Nothing new for owners of the iOS and Android versions, but if you don't already have them, this is definitely worth a play.
If you’re looking for a unique puzzle game with great art and a hook, the Framed Collection is perfect for you.
Overall, even on a system that has a great selection of casual and puzzle games FRAMED Collection absolutely stands out as something special. At all levels from its presentation to its simple and intuitive controls to its consistent creativity it's an experience well worth checking out. Throw in the fact that it is launching with a very reasonable asking price and it is effortless to recommend it as one of the best games of its kind on the system.
A fair puzzle collection overall, even with the drop off in quality between the two. The mechanics are interesting and the soundtrack is excellent, but the game is brought down by its <2hr length.