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A game recommendation – Ruya.

Posted on 4th December 2018 by Gemma Tidmarsh.

I went to Game Anglia a couple of weeks ago and got the chance to see what other games were being developed and showcased. It was great to take Lost Words there and to see what other people thought of the game. For me, testing out different games was great. I have never been much of a gamer. I used to love Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Mario Kart (well, I still do), but I’ve not been exposed/ introduced to any indie games before. It was since starting this job that I discovered Minecraft was an indie game before Microsoft bought it! In between keynote talks and being on the Lost Words stand, I managed to play a few of the other games that were there. I would have loved to have tried them all out, however, I ran out of time!

My favourite game there (other than Lost Words of course), was a puzzle game called Ruya. Most of the games I play are either on my phone or iPad, so I usually gravitate towards mobile games. The games I do play are always free ones, as I feel like, if I don’t like them, I can just uninstall them and find something else. But after attending Game Anglia and seeing the passion and drive the developers had for their games, I thought it was time to branch out from the free games!


Ruya is described as being a calming puzzle game where you match cute characters in Ruya’s world of dreams. The game is not difficult to play and the soundtrack is relaxing and as described by the dev team, it will “pull you into a state of peaceful flow”. I played the demo version at Game Anglia, but that was definitely enough to make me interested. It’s the first game I’ve ever purchased through the app store and I love it.

When I have played it, I’ve found that I do get lost in it, it’s rather addictive as you try to unlock the next level and you don’t find yourself becoming distracted or wanting to watch TV! I think it’s a clever concept and is a great game for someone who perhaps suffers with anxiety and needs a distraction while they’re out or at home. It does exactly what it says on the tin, it doesn’t overpromise or under deliver.

It’s only £3.99 on the app store and I highly recommend you buy it! I think it’s great. In the future, I will definitely be purchasing more games, rather than the free ones. Particularly ones that are indie games as I now know how much it means to the team when someone buys it! 



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