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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.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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. Aug 1, 2019
    75
    Horace is a tricky one to recommend. It’s certainly a good game. It’s got challenge, it’s got style, and it’s got heart. The story takes you through a rollercoaster of a robot’s life and while there’s no narrative decisions to be made, becoming invested isn’t hard at all. However, the mad difficulty spikes will put casual platformers off. But if they stick with it, there’s a corker of a game here.
  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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  1. 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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  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. Aug 3, 2019
    10
    This Game is amazing, game of the year for me! Constantly varied game play from hardcore platforming to loads of mini games. With anThis Game is amazing, game of the year for me! Constantly varied game play from hardcore platforming to loads of mini games. With an incredible story topped off with great music and graphics, this Horace is a must buy! Expand
  4. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    This game combines great art, music, and varied, challenging gameplay perfectly.
    A little (or not so little as the game is huge) masterpiece.
  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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