I really enjoyed Set A Watch. I'm not sure if it will stay in the collection yet, but 3 plays in and I'm enjoying it. It's yet another in a line of fun small solo games although my biggest concern is that the game didn't feel like a puzzle that I needed to solve so much as a sequence that the game throws at you that you just go through. Sure, there are some decisions to be made, but none that I thought were interesting.
Which makes it a tad unusual that I'm still keeping it...one of my biggest complaints about any game, is the idea that you aren't making meaningful decisions. And yet I enjoyed Set A Watch. I really couldn't tell you why. The sequence and gameplay was fun, relaxing and yet not easy. But that lack of ease didn't come from complicated decisions rather it came from a randomly generated sequence of events that can be more or less challenging as the game unfolds. What few decisions there are tend to be picking which choice is more or less likely to hurt you.
All of this makes me certain that Set A Watch has a limited number of plays before it leaves my collection. But I will enjoy the game until I don't anymore. It's a reminder of why I got into solo gaming, of the enjoyment I get from setting out some components and playing through a sequence. It simultaneously reminds me of the fact that there are better and more interested games to play, and of the fact that gaming is a hobby that we engage in because it is fun, and that all other reasons should be secondary to that objective.
What do you find fun? Why do you play games? Why does one game stay and another go? Set A Watch comes out at the same time as Unbroken and Legends Untold, 3 solo games that all have a similar feel. Unbroken I've traded, it didn't captivate me in either strategy or gameplay, and I look forward to Legends Untold, it seems interesting and perhaps the heaviest of the three in terms of decisions.
What do you look for in a solo game? Do you play solo games? Why or why not? And what is your favorite solo game?