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This week’s Playlist pick: TouchTone

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TOUCHTONE (iOS

BY MIKENGREG 

Greg Wohlwend and Mike Boxleiter are outraged at the erosion of privacy in the post-Snowden era. But rather than stepping up to a soapbox to rant about it, they made TouchTone: a puzzle game about a fictional government that crowd-sources surveillance of its citizens to protect the state. You bounce lasers around grids in the game’s increasingly tricky puzzles to gain access to emails and text messages that you then deem pertinent or not to the government’s fight against terrorism. It evolves from there, but the message remains the same: we should all be worried about who is spying on our lives and why. This is a concerning fiction about the reality that we live in.

Perfect for: puzzle game gurus, conspiracy theorists, Edward Snowden

Playtime: a couple of hours