Jason Roberts‘ (aka Buried Signal) puzzle game Gorogoa combines a unique art style with innovative gameplay.
After having presented the game at the Indiecade in 2012, it has been a long journey for indie developer Jason Roberts, but it seems to have paid off, as Gorogoa sets itself apart from other titles not only because of its mysterious title that alludes to an imaginary creature of Roberts’ youth, but also due to a story that is just as weird, with a boy who seeks out this god-like monster and whose journey is told via hand-drawn panels the player has to move around and interact with.
While this sounds like the typical sliding puzzles found in adventure games that aren’t always fun to solve and usually serve as fillers, there’s more to the gameplay than meets the eye. Divided into four parts which aren’t necessarily filled with images right from the start, one can zoom in and out and even take parts of one image and combine it with another so that the scenery is changed and the character is transported to another place. Clicking on objects to pick them up or use them might be reminiscent of the minimalist Samorost titles, but taking into account the perspective and how everything can be changed makes this quite a different experience. If this confuses you, then make sure to watch the gameplay video of the demo the developer put up and which I added here as well, as it might give you a better idea of how it all works together, even if playing it for yourself and figuring out the connections in each panel will probably make more sense. With a great hand-drawn art style and soothing music, this could very well be one of the most original puzzle and adventure games released for a very long time.
The game is now available on PC, Nintendo Switch, and iOS, with a 20% discount for the PC versions that will last for the duration of the Winter Sale on GOG and until 4 January 2018 on Steam, so a bit longer on that DRM platform. If you want, you can also buy the sublime soundtrack separately.
Buy the game for Nintendo Switch on
the Nintendo eShop
Buy the iOS version on
the iTunes store
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