Donut County

Synopsis:
Donut County is a weird and hilarious game where you play as a hole in the ground, sucking up everything around you; an apt metaphor for our current times. The game neatly combines narrative and puzzling in fun and fast-paced ways.

Who Should Play:
Donut County is a great first choice for a gaming circle. The narrative is quite funny and it has things in it both for those who like puzzle elements as well as those who like narrative elements.

Made by: Producer: Annapurna Interactive Digital; Developer: Ben Esposito

Available on: iOS, Mac OS (steam), Microsoft (steam), Playstation 4

Price: $4.99 – $12.99 (depending on platform)

Play time: Approximately 3 hours

Questions for Donut County:

  1. The creator of this game refers to this as a “redemption story” – in what ways was BK redeemed? Were any other characters redeemed?
  2. What kind of pleasures are there in being a-hole (note pun – intentional by creator)?
  3. Who was the protagonist of this story and what made them a protagonist?
  4. Who did you relate to the most in the story?
  5. Did the story or puzzle matter more in this game?
  6. How did the process of making holes make you feel?
  7. The game was born out of an off-hand twitter joke. In what ways does this come through in the play and story?
  8. Was the final “boss level” too much of a deviation from the rest of the play? What might have been a better way to do a boss level that was more inclusive of different kinds of audiences?
  9. Was the game a good length? What might have made it better?
  10. Was the end satisfying or is more closure necessary to make it a good story?

General Gaming Circle Questions:

  1. What did and didn’t you like about the game?
  2. How much time did you spend playing? Did you play all at once or break up your time?
  3. Did you play during other activities, or dedicate time solely to playing?
  4. Did the game feel like a waste of time? A good use of time? Explain.

Links & Walkthroughs:

Official Site
Polygon (Review)
IGN (Walkthrough)
App Unwrapper (Walkthrough)

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