Honestly, I won’t even put this on “how should I have known.” Alice loves Zones. She wrote about how she loved Zones. We know that, every single year, Alice highlights a weird, ambient game a lot like Zones (see: Bernband, NORTH, the station one whose name I’m forgetting). I’m not even surprised to see Zones, just mad at myself for not writing it down at the time and instead using ye olde “search through reviews and whatnot” trick, which of course wont’ work since Alice does news.
In fact, I am now reminded I bought Zones and the Walking Sim A Month Club, Volume 1, as a result of Alice’s recommendations.