AVA is a tarot card puzzle game. It features puzzles hidden in a picture, which have to be solved by the players. AVA has a big emphasis on aesthetics, story and music, while the game mechanics are kept simple. It might therefore also be classified as an interactive fairy tale book. The story follows a young princess Ava, who lost her parents due to a mysterious sickness. As the only daughter of the king and queen, Ava would be the next in line to the throne. However, the people oppose her coronation as Ava was cursed as a child. Ava goes out into the world to lift her curse and prove her worth. Will she find her true calling? Can she break the curse of her birthright? AVA broaches issues of gender, discrimination, prejudice and mental health. Players will be able to engage with topics and subjects raised by the game in a passive and safe environment as well as using online social systems to invoke discussion and debate.

Studio: Stardust
Country of origin: Switzerland
Genre: Puzzle
Single Player only
Release: 02/20/2020
Platforms: Mobile Phone (iOS), Mobile Phone (Android), Tablet (iOS), Tablet (Android)

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Meet the Makers:

“Hi, we’re Stardust! We’re a small indie game studio from Zurich, Switzerland. We’re super happy to create special small boutique games. And we want to give back as much as we can. We want to create unique, beautiful and wholesome games, which hopefully make the world a teeny tiny bit more of a better place.”

This game is part of the Ludicious Swiss Games Selection