Please Don’t Touch Anything is one of those puzzle games where they don’t tell you anything. You don’t know what you’re doing or what the goal is. You just start doing things and see where it leads. Because of that I think that this game is going to be both love it and hate it. There are times where you feel like a genius because you’ve deciphered a clue that seems like it could mean almost anything and then there are times where you are certain something you just found is the answer to a puzzle that you saw earlier and it’s not, or else you can’t figure out how to get back to the puzzle you found earlier.
PDTA seems to be about finding paths, taking them to their end, and then starting over. When you start the game there are what appear to be blank sheets of paper on the wall. A bunch of them. You click the big red button in front of you which starts a puzzle and eventually you blunder your way to the end of that path. You know you’ve reached the end because the music changes and you can’t click on anything anymore, except for the reset button. You click it and then a poster shows up. It will in some way relate to the path you just took and you hang it over one of those blank pages on the wall, then you start again. In that way these paths seem like levels and the posters signify that you’ve completed the level.
I haven’t beaten the game yet, but it seems like it could take a long time and possibly one or two trips to an online walk-through. If game length is king in your mind then this seems like it will be a good game for you. It’s no twenty-five minute adventure unless you’re some sort of large brained mutant. On the other hand if you’re like me there are going to be many long stretches where you are tapping everything in the environment trying to make anything at all happen. When you find something it’s thrilling, but when you don’t, it can be frustrating. You will have to decide for yourself if you’re the sort who likes that kind of game.
From what I’ve seen so far, I’m giving this game a cautious recommendation. I’ll report back when I’ve seen more, but I think that could take me some time and chances are you want to know right now whether or not to buy. So if you like to think and figure things out yourself, you’re safe. If you hate that, give it a pass. If you’re in the middle… well, it could go either way for you but if you have the cash to spare, it’s worth the risk.