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  • Summary: OCTAHEDRON is a precision vertical action game about creating your own platforms. Ascend and escape strange subterranean world Veetragoul, and experience an otherworldly psychedelic adventure. To conquer and master each of the handcrafted levels, you must get into the flow of the pumping,OCTAHEDRON is a precision vertical action game about creating your own platforms. Ascend and escape strange subterranean world Veetragoul, and experience an otherworldly psychedelic adventure. To conquer and master each of the handcrafted levels, you must get into the flow of the pumping, atmospheric soundtrack, as enemies and traps move along with the rhythm. Discover new obstacles, adversaries and mechanics in every level, with clever gameplay that is easy to learn but difficult to master. Unlock powerful offensive abilities for your platform and fight back against Veetragoul’s peculiar foes. With its intuitive controls and tight and well-developed gameplay, OCTAHEDRON is a challenging and unique action game set in a mysterious neon world. Expand

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 4, 2018
    90
    With almost 50 levels, multiple difficulties, and four medals to unlock in each stage, Octahedron has enough content to keep players busy for hours. Overall, it's a smart, fresh, and creative platformer that stands tall with modern indie classics like Super Meat Boy.
  2. Mar 19, 2018
    90
    Indie games have shown the value of smaller studios making unique games beholden only to their vision and not the economic constraints of AAA development, and Demimonde’s Octahedron now stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of them, thanks to an amazing soundtrack, creative level design and presentation, and singular vision.
  3. Apr 4, 2018
    90
    Octahedron is a great platforming experience with a unique identity, style, and gameplay. Its dozens upon dozens of levels are a tiny bit on the short side, but mastering those challenges is what kept me coming back for more. It’s one of the more distinct offerings as part of the Square Enix Collective and is something of a hidden gem.
  4. Apr 16, 2018
    80
    Octahedron can take a while to click, but once you’re past the early stages and get over the denial of your abilities it really surprises with its inventiveness.
  5. May 21, 2018
    80
    For just under a tenner, Octahedron is a mightily impressive package. Its '80s-derived neon-aesthetic is a very cool backdrop for one of the most impressive 2D platforming experiences on offer so far this year. The sense of challenge is very finely-tuned and progressive, being unforgiving while still managing to keep the player coming back for yet another round.
  6. Mar 19, 2018
    70
    Octahedron is an unconventional 2D platformer with clever level design centred around an innovative core idea. The controls are very simple but can take some adjusting, especially when your allowance of platforms changes from level to level. However, the stages introduce some great mechanics that make you use your platforms for more than just makeshift floors. If you're looking for a platformer with a difference, Octahedron offers up an accessible, intelligent, and challenging game with more ups than downs.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 9, 2018
    70
    Yes, you will fail, but failure seldom feels cheap or unfair. [May 2018, p.74]
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  1. Mar 25, 2018
    9
    About three decades ago the NES took the video game world by storm, with many games on it defining the platforming genre. Since then, gamesAbout three decades ago the NES took the video game world by storm, with many games on it defining the platforming genre. Since then, games have become a much more accessible platform for developers, with available tools allowing for people with no experience to jump into development. The indie scene has meant lots of competition, and a fair amount of solid games within the platforming genre.

    Octahedron is the latest game from the Square Enix Collective, coming from the one man developer Demimonde. Along the lines of recent platforming greats like Celeste, VVVVVV, and Super Meat Boy, this looks to take a place among the big names of the past decade. It starts off very drab as the protagonist is drawn to a very colorful shape that transforms and transports him to another world. In order to get back home, the challenges awaiting the character must be completed.

    Opposed to the typical left to right gameplay, this focuses on vertical platforming. And rather than jumping on preexisting platforms, you’ll be given the opportunity to create your own and ride them for short distances. Just when you think you’ve mastered the mechanics, the next level introduces something new to learn. Luckily, the game is nice about doing this, providing you a few lives per level. Should you lose all your life, you’ll start at the beginning of the level but maintain all the collectibles you’ve gotten. Should you lose all your lives, you’ll have to start from scratch.

    As you make your way through the puzzles of increasing difficulty, you’ll find yourself entranced by the game’s music. While it’s not strictly required to play to the beat like Frequency or Crypt of the Necrodancer, you’ll often times find yourself jumping and bouncing to the never ending beat from artists you are bound to recognize, such as Chipzel and Monomirror. The infectious rhythms will be stuck in your head for days beyond playing it.

    Perhaps just as enticing as the music are the visuals that the game presents the player with. Mere screenshots do not do the colorful euphoria justice, as you’ll no doubt see in the trailer above. Of course, visuals with such strong personality have the potential to become a bit overbearing, and the later levels occasionally suffer from this. It’s here that the game requires your utmost patience and is perhaps the most trying as you progress through the game.

    If you’re a fan of platformers, there’s a ton for you to choose from in this day and age. There are plenty that are awful, many that are good, and a select few are great. Octahedron falls in the last category, creating an experience that is both familiar and uniquely fresh in a genre that is tried and true.
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