Little Postman is an indie puzzle game that combines the pleasures of Carto’s level rearrangement and Monument Valley’s Escher-like staircases. This game was released last week by Solo developer Atlas Imaginal as a “personal exercise” to test their game-making knowledge and communicate with players in non-verbal ways. The game is available for free, and it contains nine headscratchers that are sure to challenge your puzzle-solving skills.
The game follows a yellow-hooded courier as they sail from one archipelago diorama to the next, which are captured on polaroid pictures and served to us for puzzle-solving purposes. The player’s goal is to deliver a large envelope to the end point, marked in gold. However, the task is not as simple as it sounds. The islands are disconnected, and the player needs to manipulate the environment to get the job done.
Little Postman is a short and sweet puzzler that offers a runtime of less than an hour. The game features a soothing soundtrack, Zen wind chimes aplenty, and a charming aesthetic that will keep you engaged throughout the experience. The game’s difficulty increases as you progress, with multiple vertical platforms, different rotation points, and knotted sets of stairs creating that labyrinthine Monument Valley feeling. Later levels also require the player to backtrack and plan rotations ahead of time to make everything click together.
Overall, Little Postman is a delightful puzzle game that combines the best elements of Carto and Monument Valley. The game is available for free on Steam and Itch.io, and it is definitely worth a try. The game’s charming aesthetic, soothing soundtrack, and challenging puzzles make it a great choice for rainy days or whenever you need a distraction. I would gladly pay for more of this short and sweet puzzler, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys puzzle games.