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Ruya (2017) is a narrative puzzle game about a mother on a journey of healing after love leaves her. You play as Ruya, meditating and remembering important parts of her life, shown through simple matching puzzles, with each colour tied to one of her children. Between puzzles are short scenes that help you understand her story.

Play consists of matching the patterns that Ruya thinks about, using pieces of the same colour. Some are as simple as 2 next to each other, but others are more complicated shapes that require careful planning. As the game progresses you gain quite a bit of flexibility in how you solve the puzzles.

There's a twist. Each colour represents one of her children and you need to make a certain number of matches with the right children to pass the level. The game uses recorded audio of nature and binaural sounds to accentuate emotions while playing. It's thought that binaural sounds can increase focus, relaxation, or sleep, depending on the frequencies.

The result is a low-stress, relaxing game with a refreshing take on the match-3 formula. You journey with Ruya as she works to come to terms with her emotions. In the audio, visuals and metaphors it's a game can entertain, challenge and moves you.

Our examiner, Angela Hickman Newnham, first checked Ruya 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Puzzle game with Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

In Australia, Australian state: The G classification is suitable for everyone.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players can enjoy the puzzles, although the emotional and parenting aspects will chime more strongly with adults.


Ruya usually costs £1.79 to £9.99.


XBox Store Xbox One £9.99
Steam Store PC £2.89
Steam Store Mac £2.89
App Store iOS £1.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/11/2017, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Sequencing

Accessibility: 30 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Grid and Weather

Developer: @Miracle Tea (@MiracleTea_)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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