A downloadable Playdate game

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Generations for Playdate

Also available on Catalog if you prefer!

Now available on iPhone, iPad and M1 Macs!

Generations is a challenging puzzle game that has you organizing Portraits on the wall of a living room, a task requiring a surprising amount of strategy, planning, and thinking ahead. Check out this strategy and tips thread on Twitter!

One of IGN's Ten Best Games for Playdate in 2022.

"Great game concept, and fantastic execution. Can’t put it down! Hits the elusive puzzler sweet spot of challenging but not frustrating. Highly recommended!"


"Generations is yet another super special puzzle game."


"Excellent puzzle game - took me three goes until it clicked and I love it. Easily one of the best puzzle games on Playdate and one every owner should have. "

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"Generations for Playdate is really, really good. Smart little match three-ish puzzler with some unique twists, wrapped around a wholesome (or kind of sad?) theme. Super good."


"This kind of gameplay is both timeless and ideal for those quick play sessions that the Playdate so perfectly excels at."


"Way too many children in this family."

Destination Playdate

Each time you hang three (or more) Portraits of any family members of the same age group next to each other, the Portraits will combine into a new Portrait of an older family member.

The current Portrait is on the table to the left of the couch, and the Next Portrait rests on the middle of the couch. Bonus Portraits will appear on the table to the right of the couch. More on those in a bit.

The beginning of a new game.
The beginning of a new game.

The game begins with Storks. Three Storks combine into an Infant. Three Infants turn into a Child, and so on until you combine three Portraits of the matriarchs and patriarchs of the family. When this happens, you've created a Generation, and all Portraits you've hung on the wall will automatically age up and the spaces occupied by the elderly will open back up, ready for a new generation of descendants.

Three storks combine to make an infant.
Three storks combine to make an infant.

Portraits can only be hung next to other Portraits, and you'll need to think ahead to optimize their placement in order to chain matches and not strand any. Once you've run out of space the game will end.

Chaining an infant to a child to a teenager.
Chaining an infant to a child to a teenager.


Press the A Button to place a Portrait on the wall. Long Press the A Button to store a Portrait for later on the table to the right of the couch if it is not already occupied. If the table is already occupied, long pressing the A Button will switch to the portrait on that table, or back to the current portrait.
The B Button will Undo your most recent move. You may not Undo a move if that move resulted in a Match. You can also Long Press the B Button to Pet The Cat if he's on the couch or sitting on the window sill.
Undoing a move.
Undoing a move.
The D-Pad is used to navigate spots on the wall. Open spots have a single, light outline around them. The currently selected spot will animate up and down, and if it's open, will display four markers on the inside. Squares that are a solid gray cannot be played - to open these spots, there must be a Portrait hung next to them.
Navigating to an open spot on the wall.
Navigating to an open spot on the wall.
The Crank is used to switch between the current Portrait and the Bonus Portrait. Whenever you chain a match, you'll earn a Bonus Portrait that will appear on the right side of the couch if that table is not already occupied. This will either be a Portrait of the same value of the Chain, or could be a Special. More on those later.
A diagram of what everything in the game is.
A diagram of what everything in the game is.

Making a Match

To make a match, select an open spot that has at least two other Portraits of the same age group adjacent to each other. Portraits touching on any side are considered adjacent. Gender does not matter.


Three or more Storks combine into an Infant.
Three or more Infants combine into a Child.
Three or more Children combine into a Teen.
Three or more Teens combine into an Adult.
Three or more Adults combine into a Senior.
Three or more Seniors create a Generation.

Chaining a Match

To Chain a Match, you must be strategic about your Portrait placement. You'll need to complete a match that results in a Portrait that matches two or more existing Portraits on the wall. Each time you succeed in chaining a match, you'll gain a Bonus Portrait so long as the table to the right of the couch isn't already occupied.

Chaining a match.
Chaining a match.

Creating a Generation

To create a Generation, you must combine three or more Seniors. When this happens, all Seniors on the board are removed from play and every Portrait currently on the wall ages up a level.

Creating a Generation.
Creating a Generation.


Whenever you Chain a Match and are awarded a Bonus there is a small chance that you'll get a Special. There are two different types of specials, and they are played on existing Portraits.

A Plus Heart will age up any Portrait it is played on. They cannot be played on Seniors.
Using a Plus Heart.
Using a Plus Heart.
A Minus Heart will remove any Portrait it is played on from the wall.
Using a Minus Heart.
Using a Minus Heart.

Game Over

The game ends when there are no more available spots on the wall to hang a Portrait.

Game over.
Game over.


The game has over 40 achievements for you to earn, four of which are hidden.

The Achievement List.
The Achievement List.

System Menu

While in-game, there are two options in the System Menu

  • Restart Game will - you guessed it - restart your current game.
  • Main Menu will save your game and return you to to the front door. Your progress is also saved when you exit the game and will be ready for you the next time you play.
Game over.
The system menu while in the game.

When on the main menu, there are three options in the system menu.

  • Sounds allows you to toggle sounds on and off.
  • Mode exposes an accessibility option to display the portraits as numbers for those players that may experience difficulty telling the images apart.
  • Cat Allows you to set your preferred cat mode. Options are Random, Couch, Window, Outside and None.
  • The system menu while on the main menu.
    The system menu while on the main menu.

The Main Menu

From here you can Start a New Game or Continue a Game that's already in progress, see the Top Five Local High Scores, access the list of Achievements, and view your Lifetime Stats.

The main menu
The main menu.

How to Install the Game

Not sure how to sideload games onto your Playdate? Panic has you covered with easy to follow instructions. Or check out this great how-to video that @Ledbetter created.

Questions? Comments?

Leave a comment here, or contact us at scenicroutegames@gmail.com

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Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(22 total ratings)
AuthorScenic Route Software
TagsPlaydate, Singleplayer
Average sessionA few seconds


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this Playdate game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Generations (v1.2.0) 2 MB

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One of best games currently on the Playdate.


This is a Playdate must have.


Lovely game! Was just going to play a bit, but then I got stuck playing multiple rounds! One thing that would be good is to add how to play into the game, took a while to figure out you could store tiles.

Glad you're having fun with it! And thanks very much for the rating.

An in game how-to/interactive tutorial is on my list for a followup.

I love this game. Quick question... Is there a way to play with the music is still on? I love the music but is only in the main menu hehehe.

That makes me happy to hear! I composed that myself and am particularly proud of it.  I did not write it to loop, though ... if I find some time I might add a bit more to it so its not repetitive and add that as an option in a future release.

Thanks for playing the game! If you could drop a rating on it when you have a chance I'd appreciate it!


Yes of course. And amazing to hear you composed it. I love originality so is great to hear new and fresh music , and so good as well :)

Great puzzle game......... Could compete very well on any system not just the playdate (android, iOS, switch )

Keep up the great work......

Playdate is the perfect home for little puzzlers.....

Glad you're enjoying it!

I don't know if you're an iOS or M1 Mac user, but I've just released a version of Generations for those platforms. Do let me know what you think of it if you check it out!

Fantastic game! Possibly my favourite puzzle game on the Playdate so far. Small bug - I unlocked the 'strategic chain' (was very fun figuring out how to do that) and the one where you have to get ten points - got the notification pop up for both too, but they remain not achieved in the achievements section. And now when I do them again to try and get the achievement the notification doesn't pop up. So I think the game knows I've done it - but it isn't calculating it in my achievements section. Hope you can patch it as I'd love to clear the board!

Thanks! And thanks for letting me know about the bugs - I'll track them down. If you could drop a rating on the game I'd really appreciate it!

Could you do me a favor and:

  • Connect your Playdate to your computer
  • Go to Settings -> System -> Reboot to Data Disk
  • On your computer, navigate to Data/com.scenicroute.rainbows/ and mail the file named "achievements.json" to me at scenicroutegames@gmail.com? 

Also - are you on v1.1.0 or v1.1.1? The version number is displayed above the fireplace mantle on the "Credits" view.

Hello, I will rate be happy to rate it! 

I should be able to do all of that tonight when I have my laptop, no problem. Version is 1.1.1.

Now to figure out how on earth you get a ‘fresh start’!

Awesome, thanks!

"A Fresh Start" is a tough one! I've only managed it once.


5 stars :)


json sent

Great game, great art as well. My only minor squabble is that it hard to tell the difference between kids and teens if your eyesight is not at its peak. If the backgrounds were a little more different it might help, or maybe if there was some badge the kids or teens wore?


Thanks! That’s been addressed in the update - the little boy has been given a haircut and the backgrounds of the teens has changed completely. 

The next release will be coming very soon. 

one of my favourite games to play on my play date.  This deserves to be in season 2. 

High praise! Thank you so much!

Absolutely love this, can't put it down.  Would love a way to trigger specials (maybe some button+dpad combo?) without having to undock the crank but otherwise this is a fantastic gem.

That's so great! I'm  very happy that you're enjoying it. I'll give some thought to a crank alternative.  If you could drop a rating on the game I'd owe you one.


In the next release, long pressing the A button when a bonus portrait is already on the table will allow you to switch back and forth between the current portrait and the bonus portrait (It will still send the current portrait to the other table if nothing is there).

v1.1.0 will be released on 10/17/2022.

That sounds excellent!

I love this game. its one of my favorites that i keep coming back to.

That makes me happy to hear! I'd love it if you could give it a rating when you have a chance.


This looks fantastic - can't wait to dive in. Playdate is developing such a sick suite of little puzzle games

I hope you like it! Let me know of any feedback you have.