Assemble with Care Review

Meet the citizens of Bellariva and get to know them while fixing up items from their past in Assemble with Care.

Format: PC via Steam
First playthrough time: 1.5 hours
Cost: 7.99 USD

Assemble with Care game screenshot.

Released Mar 26th, 2020 by ustwo games

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Quick Overview

Major Pros:
  • Tactile feel of manipulating items
Major Cons:
  • None
Minor Pros:
  • Emotional story focused on the challenges in familial relationships
Minor Cons:
  • Short
  • I found the story a bit predictable
Assemble with Care game screenshot.

All story sections are fully voiced

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In-Depth Review

Assemble with Care is a puzzle and story-focused game. Players take on the role of Maria, a traveling repair woman, as she reaches the small town of Bellariva. By helping to fix items from around the town, Maria learns about the lives of the locals, in particular, the internal struggles of two families. Watching the families reminds Maria of her own parents and she shares with the player her story.

Assemble with Care game screenshot.

Working with wires

The puzzles in Assemble with Care focus on Maria repairing various broken items for others. Players start by taking objects apart, often by directly unscrewing or unclasping pieces. This has a very satisfying and tactile feel. I love the feeling of picking up what appears to be a single solid object and then effortlessly pulling it apart into a bunch of small fragments. Too often in a video game is an object a solid chunk formed into a shape we can recognize instead of a thought out mechanism with its own inner parts.

Assemble with Care game screenshot.

A recurring character, Carmen

Despite being a fairly short game, Assemble with Care manages to tell several short stories of emotional turmoil in familial relationships. I did find the storylines to be fairly predictable, but they were still well told. The game splits its time between the puzzles and the story and the story well, with story sections introducing each puzzle and occasional commentary with puzzle progression.

Assemble with Care game screenshot.

Familial relationships are a major theme of the story

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Recommendation

Overall, I found Assemble with Care to be an enjoyable puzzle experience. I liked the tactile feel of manipulating the objects, but I wished the game was longer. It has a decent story for the length, although it’s a bit predictable at times. I recommend Assemble with Care for fans of tactile manipulation puzzles and down-to-earth characters.

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