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  • Summary: Horace is a story-driven, pixel-platform adventure peppered with nostalgic, popular culture references which will bring a smile to any gamer who enjoys the 8 and 16 bit era.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 19, 2019
    90
    Horace is one of the most pleasant gaming surprises in years. I'm clearly a key part of its target demographic, having lived through the 1980s and early 90s that so heavily influenced it, but my enjoyment and engagement went past such an identification. I was completely absorbed throughout, and fully intend to return to collect the remaining pieces of junk. It may not be as immediately impressive as the latest AAA blockbuster, but Horace is essential for fans of retro games or hard platformers and a real contender for Indie Game of the Year.
  2. Jul 29, 2019
    90
    While Horace himself might not be the most emotionally intelligent protagonist, the same cannot be said for his namesake game. Horace has an emotional depth that even the best scripts tend to lack. It is a testament not only to its medium, but to storytelling in general. Blending genuinely unique platforming with an incredibly nuanced plot, Horace maturely tackles themes of identity, purpose, and war in almost jarringly realistic ways. Coupled with excellent game design and stellar presentation, Horace might very well be the best platformer of 2019.
  3. Jul 29, 2019
    85
    Horace is a nice surprise: a fun platform game with a good narrative. A great tribute to the 16 bit era.
  4. Jul 26, 2019
    80
    Without thinking about what could have been and stopping to certainties, we can say that Horace is a unique title, surprising and surprising, difficult to describe in all its nuances and in the small emotions that it constantly manages to convey.
  5. Aug 5, 2019
    80
    Horace is a charming homage to an era of gaming and culture that’s rapidly fading into the sunset, yet it never rests on the nostalgia factor to keep the player engaged. The sound design is messy and the cutscenes can run on too long, but its affecting story and sharp, fun platforming are bound to satisfy anyone keen on the genre. Nostalgia may be a common crutch, but with a sturdy foundation beneath it, Horace shows that feeling a little sentimentality isn’t a bad thing at all.
  6. Nov 20, 2019
    75
    In the end, Horace is an engaging experience if you're patient or don't get riled up easily. The platforming isn't as infuriating as most precision-based platformers, but the obstacles in some rooms can be annoying. The instant respawns are nice, but they don't cancel out the frustration of occasionally spotty hit detection. The instant camera rotation can be dizzying, and the repetition of tricky jumps can get old, but the engaging story makes it all worthwhile, especially since this is quite a lengthy game. Horace isn't the next indie masterpiece, but it is good enough to be called a genuine sleeper of a game that people should play.
  7. 70
    Horace is the titular character in this morality tale centered around how he’s treated by his rich masters and outsiders, though the gameplay itself mostly consists of brisk and entertaining obstacle courses involving lots of running and jumping. Horace isn’t groundbreaking or anything we haven’t seen before, but it’s quaint fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jan 17, 2020
    10
    I'm not a big fan of all of these perfect 10 scores on Metacritic. It really is ridiculous. A 10 score should be reserved for a really greatI'm not a big fan of all of these perfect 10 scores on Metacritic. It really is ridiculous. A 10 score should be reserved for a really great game. However, this is the very imperfect review system that we have to work with, and I don't want to penalize a great game just because I want to be realistic, when it's clear that the overwhelming majority of reviewers are not.

    Horace is something special. It has done something very different within the platforming genre. It's telling that I like this game so much when platforming games are one of my least favorite types of games. As a whole, I also do not like Indie games very much. There's just too much garbage being pumped out, and it has become trendy to call terrible Indie games "amazing", and refer to their crude graphics as "gorgeous pixel art.". That having been said, Horace is definitely an exception, so I will break my rule about 10 scores to give it the credit it deserves.

    For an indie game that has low tech graphics, Horace does it really well. The graphics are colorful, varied, and overall, are probably more deserving of the description "gorgeous pixel art" than any other "pixel art" game that I can think of. My only grievance with the graphics is that when you are in close up scenes the graphics are so crude they almost hurt your eyes. This applies to all games with crude graphics, not just Horace. Unlike most other games with this type of graphics, when you're not close up, which, thankfully, is most of the time, the graphics are charming, and also unlike most games of this type, the graphics vary so that you really can't wait to see what the next set of screens will look like.

    The way Horace intertwines story and cut scenes in between the platforming levels, and even within the levels, is refreshing to say the least, and is very well done. It's virtually assured that what Horace has done in this genre will be copied in future platforming games, and may well help platforming games increase in popularity.

    The controls are not part of what makes Horace special. Fortunately, they are good enough that they don't really hurt the game. In more traditional platforming games that are so dependent on outstanding controls, it would be much more of a factor. This game isn't nonstop movement like most platformers. It's more slow paced and creative which I really like. When I first started playing the game in the instructional levels I was not too impressed with the controls. Fortunately, this is an Indie game that let's you remap the control configuration. If I had not been able to do so that might have killed the game for me before I even got started. So definitely wait until past the very beginning before forming an opinion.

    In addition to the "gorgeous pixel art", the music is great, and fits the game perfectly. It's not only good music but is constantly changing and altering the mood, which is a huge plus. Music is another aspect of Indie games that I think is very overrated. People just love to rave about music that doesn't seem to be that impressive at all. In this game it really is great.

    Finally, this game has so many fun references, and tips of the hat to other games. I think I will play again just to see if I can recognize all of them because there are a lot of them, and they sometimes pass very quickly. Maybe I'm wrong, but this game does not seem to be getting the recognition and accolades that it deserves. I hope this has been a successful venture for the publisher and or developer because it would be bad for gaming if a gem ( another overused word!) of a game like this wasn't successful. Hopefully it will generate more buzz now that it is free on Epic Games. Sadly, I would never have known about it, let alone bought the game, if I had not looked at it as a free game choice on Epic Games.
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  2. Sep 16, 2019
    10
    The best game I've played in a long time. A really touching story line with excellent characterisation wrapped around a tricky platformer withThe best game I've played in a long time. A really touching story line with excellent characterisation wrapped around a tricky platformer with excellent puzzles. Lots (and I mean lots) of retro gaming and "80's life" references, and a massive array of mini games that playfully poke fun at the original arcade classics. Excellent graphics and soundtrack to boot - combined with soooo many great jokes - delivered perfectly by the monotonic hero.

    Can't recommend highly enough - an amazing achievement for a solo developer (with help from friends, I believe)
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  3. Jul 21, 2019
    10
    This is a pixel art indie game that deserves attention. You play as a robot that lives through a life with a real family developing realThis is a pixel art indie game that deserves attention. You play as a robot that lives through a life with a real family developing real feelings. The story is a rollercoaster of up and downs while you run, jump, slide and fly through an amazing load of 22 chapters that will take you some good amount of hours to play.

    The soundtrack subpictures the emotions of this game amazingly perfect while the gameplay is between faily easy and really intense combining platformer and bullethell segments together with some puzzling.

    I do not want to spoil too much so I want to close this with a fairly short review. In my opinion this is one of the best indie games to date and a true contender to best indie game of the year. Its heartful and developed with passion and looks for detail. I m glad I grabbed this game despite it being not known at all and also fairly cheap. Give it a try you most probably wont be disappointed.
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  4. Nov 17, 2019
    10
    Never played. Although I am pretty hungry right now so I'm gonna go eat. Bye
  5. Jul 25, 2019
    9
    Very good game. Sursprising how much you can do with good music and art.
    It is very nice and heartwarming story wrapped in old style platformer.
  6. Aug 22, 2019
    9
    I was surprised with this game, at the beginning i thought i was going to be another platform game but then i realized that there is soooooI was surprised with this game, at the beginning i thought i was going to be another platform game but then i realized that there is sooooo much crativity & variety within just a game.... Congratulations to the developer, this game is a piece of art.
    PROS: very long game + interesting story + lovely characters + high varied game + lots of bosses + minigames + metroidvania system + references to multiple games & films + etc
    CONS: maybe when you start to get from the third ability the end is near so you don't use the new ones much time (third, forth, etc)
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  7. Jan 19, 2020
    1
    В игре есть куча механик, ни одна из которых не доведена до идеала. В каждом аспекте игры есть мелкие недочеты, которые портят игровой опыт.В игре есть куча механик, ни одна из которых не доведена до идеала. В каждом аспекте игры есть мелкие недочеты, которые портят игровой опыт. Плюс к этому на уровне алисы словил баг, который не позволяет мне ни пройти дальше, не вернуться назад по сюжету. Потратил на игру 7 часов, и в итоге получил только гору раздражения. Причем раздражение это асболютно не похоже на раздражение от соул игр. Если в соулс играх ты умираешь и фейлишь только из-за своего скилла, то тут ты фейлишь из-за кривизны механик и багов. Не тратьте время на игру, господа. Expand

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