Lieve Oma is a walking simulator game developed by Florian Veltman. It released in 2016 for PC on Indie game site Itch.io at a “name your own price.”
With fall in full swing, I was looking for a game that would fit my cozy-blanket-apple-cider mood. And I’m very happy that Lieve Oma delivered exactly what I wanted. They even threw in a wise, loving grandma!
Reviewing games on itch.io is a bit like reviewing a children’s book. The experience is so short and so simple that there isn’t much to talk about, right?
The thing is, Florian Veltman really nailed this little game. I know walking sims get a bad rap for having “boring gameplay,” but the strength of those games is that they let you slow down and take in a game’s world. Lieve Oma made me forget I was in my apartment and took me down a refreshing nature walk. From the bright fall colors to the crows cawing, I could almost smell the cool, damp forest air. The subtle piano soundtrack is the perfect accompanist to this quiet scene.
If you aren’t entirely offended by free, half-hour-long walking sims, then I recommend trying this game. Ubisoft, Chucklefish, somebody hire this guy because I want to see what else he can do.