Zwinzler Games has released Make Ends Meet 1.2, a mobile puzzle game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices, set in the Roaring Twenties, complete with smooth jazz and sleazy businessmen. Each level involves a fun drawing mechanic, where you draw around the screen to collect enough colors to continue. And not only does the title of the game represent the message, it also represents the mechanic – make sure you make the ends of your drawing meet!
At the beginning of the game, you start from scratch with no power-ups or savings to help you out. But as you continue, you can use extras from easier levels to help you out in harder ones, similar to saving for hard times in life. You can take out loans if you need one in a pinch, or you can call upon some cute animals to help you out as powerups!
The aesthetic of Make Ends Meet was inspired by the 1920s in America – the time of big business, predatory capitalism, and smooth jazz. Not only does this stand out from other app games, it also matches well with the message about income inequality. At the beginning of the game you’ll meet a typical old-fashioned businessman – charming on the outside, but ruthless on the inside. The music and artwork set the scene, with ties to 1920s advertising and popular musicians like clarinetist Benny Goodman. Make Ends Meet is the cat’s meow!