Without the proper context, most players are likely to start up Oases (free), fly their little plane around the surreal settings for a few minutes, and then wonder what the point is: There aren’t missions and you can’t even crash. But with context, everything changes: Developer Armel Gibson created it for the grandfather he never knew, whose plane crashed during the Algeria Independence War in 1960.
Oases, then, is an alternate outcome: That his grandfather’s plane warped into this other world where he can fly around forever in stunning settings, never crashing or feeling pain. The game is absolutely beautiful, with pulsing backdrops and an ultra-catchy soundtrack to match, but the story behind it makes Oases heartbreakingly wonderful as well. It’s a quick play, and you can pay whatever you want for the download—even free, but it’s worth a little something.