Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 19, 2012
    90
    In a time when consumable IAP is king, Polara stands out for its stand-alone offering. If you find yourself asking for more games that are sold complete, then this is most definitely one that deserves-or requires-your love.
  2. Oct 16, 2012
    80
    Polara could easily have fallen apart thanks to its mixed-bag approach to smashing together 'endless runner' concepts we've seen before, but instead it seamlessly stitches blends them together and turns it in to an engrossing challenge.
  3. Oct 15, 2012
    100
    I am a fan of free runner and endless runner games, and Polara definitely has what you need. Amazing visuals, captivating soundtrack, engaging and challenging gameplay, plenty of modes - it's all here.
  4. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    Polara is a unique twist on the auto-runner, and is packed with clever ideas and bonus content. It's just a shame that the difficulty has been defanged
  5. Oct 15, 2012
    90
    With Polara, players are also arguably getting two games in one. After completing each stage, a separate goal emerges: the collection of the titular letters and a special medallion. The position of each letter cleverly rewires the way players are required to jump, switch colors, and evaluate timing. Meanwhile, perfectionists will be enticed by the pursuit of "flawless," no-death runs. All told, Hope This Works shows that ingenuity in design trumps superfluous achievements every time.
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    The gameplay elements are really solid. The on-the-fly puzzle feeling is well thought-out, levels are put together perfectly, and the game manages action and strategy well. It's just not a story-telling game and, because it takes itself too seriously, it suffers in places. The game is worth playing, but it needs to lighten up a little.
  7. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    Polara is a fresh entry in the endless runner genre featuring a quick, and clever colour-shifting mechanic. Slow to start, but once you get to harder levels the game becomes hard to put away. At that point the lack of graphical flair doesn't matter, and I can only do one thing: keep running. And yes, die.

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