Game Design Review: English Country Tune

English Country Tune is a puzzle game where you play as a square. To solve puzzles you must push balls into boxes. This game has a mix of action and puzzle which I find very entertaining to play. To get a better feeling of the game, you can watch the trailer below or even download the demo for either PC or Mac.


  • Puzzle select interface is very interesting. In each puzzle selection screen, you can see how many puzzles exist in that level. The puzzles that are available are displayed with a minimap of the puzzle with a color tint. The unsolved puzzles show in white while the solved ones in black.
  • In the advanced larva stage, puzzles unlock more than one puzzle. Some players don’t like a linear game structure. Giving the players a choice on which puzzle they want to solve next can make him feel in control of the game’s overall experience.
  • Using shift to control the camera view adds a bit of strategy to the game. Players can use this feature to plan their movements or familiarize themselves with the puzzle.
  • Sometimes you can get accidentally move something just 1 square where you didn’t want to or want to test a solution. Pressing “z” to undo or “r” to restart a level is a very helpful feature to either fix a mistake or help the player quickly test solutions.
  • The calm background music helps with the thinking.


  • Some of the levels can be confusing on what needs to be done.

What I Would Change:

  • While the majority of the puzzles I was able to figure out what needed to be done without too many complications, some of them gave me a bit of trouble. On these, I usually just tried every possible combination of moviments until it was solved. The first few puzzles do have a hint button that the player can step on to pop up a hint. As the game goes on the puzzles start to get bigger. Adding a physical hint button for players to step on large levels would mean that the player would need to take a lot of time to review the hints. I’d add a keyboard button to display hints. This way, it doesn’t get on the way of every single puzzle.

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