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  • Summary: A single-player journey of discovery through an ancient world of wonders, created by solo developer Jonas Manke.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. CD-Action
    Oct 12, 2021
    85
    Jonas Manke accomplished something incredible. The game he spent five long years creating on his own is relaxing, enjoyable, and above all surprisingly full-bodied. It looks and sounds great, there are no technical issues, and it can compete with titles developed by larger, more experienced teams in pretty much every aspect. It’s a great little game that I wholeheartedly recommend. [10/2021, p.42]
  2. Aug 2, 2021
    80
    Serene and pleasant, but short and uncomplicated, Omno has a lot of sights worth seeing.
  3. Oct 27, 2021
    80
    Far more action-oriented than a traditional point-and-click, Omno feels like a true “adventure” in the literal sense, offering a jaw-dropping journey of enlightenment that is sure to brighten any gamer’s day.
  4. Jul 29, 2021
    78
    Omno is a small creature capable of challenging giants. The awareness of its contained nature, even if not flawlessly, makes the game shine compared to most of today's video game productions.
  5. Aug 1, 2021
    75
    OMNO is an adorable game that takes you on an adventure in a beautiful world full of unique creatures. It is a break from the usual gaming experience.
  6. Aug 18, 2021
    70
    Those seeking a short, relaxing adventure will find that Omno has just the right mix, including a vibrant world filled with creatures, calming music, basic puzzles, and easy-going platforming.
  7. Aug 6, 2021
    65
    At first, Jonas Manke, with Omno, takes a seductive initiatory journey that we love to discover. Exploring this colorful universe offering pretty panoramas and inhabited by curious animals is a pleasure at all times, especially if our hero has all the possible improvements. But at first, the player must necessarily deal with a more capricious gameplay, with strange inertia, and face a formula that is struggling to renew itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Oct 2, 2021
    10
    this game is fantastic . the music It caresses your soul, the cut scenes are pretty great the game play it is 4 hours most and the animals inthis game is fantastic . the music It caresses your soul, the cut scenes are pretty great the game play it is 4 hours most and the animals in the game that you gain energy from them are so cool you can play with them
    and the graphic arts are amazing if you had a hard day this game makes you smile and relax
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  2. Nov 5, 2021
    10
    Really nice and relaxing. Do not expect a puzzle plattformer, its more similar to Journey for example.
  3. Aug 4, 2021
    10
    The most important thing you have to understand about Omno is that it's not really a game - not a "walking simulator", not a "puzzleThe most important thing you have to understand about Omno is that it's not really a game - not a "walking simulator", not a "puzzle platformer", nothing like that at all. Instead, it is an amazing creative work - a unique, immersive, interactive audio-visual experience. Yes, it's short (I finished it in about 4 hours). Yes, the puzzles are mostly too simple and too straightforward. Yes, there are minor lapses in story and world consistency. Those would all be serious problems for a game, but they don't really affect Omno - rather, they add to its already unique and mysterious atmosphere.

    Treat it like a work of art that it is, and you'll find yourself enjoying every minute of it, like you do with a good movie or an interesting book. Treat it like yet another indie "platformer with a story", and you'll be disappointed.
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  4. Feb 19, 2022
    8
    OMNO grabbed me a lot more than I initially thought it would. It’s not the most complex journey, but as a casual offering for just enjoyingOMNO grabbed me a lot more than I initially thought it would. It’s not the most complex journey, but as a casual offering for just enjoying some light platforming and puzzles, it works very well, and the world design and music are just fantastic, so much so that despite some minor technical and gameplay design mishaps, I can’t help to love it It’s just perfect (well, almost) at what it aims to do, a captivating journey through another world, filled with wonder.

    As mentioned, the world design is beautiful. Wonderful landscapes with various biomes dotted with mysterious ruins, some of which you will explore directly, others you will only see from afar. Aside from you, the land is full of flora and fauna, some of which you can interact with. The designs range from near-real life through goofy and alien to majestic, but all of them interesting, and the variety is fairly large.

    The art style is rather simple, and it is not that distinct – there is a fair amount of games with these minimalist-styled 3D graphics nowadays, so the game relies more on being well designed than simply graphical fidelity. What is very good, though, is the lighting, really helping to build the atmosphere of the game. The sound is also wonderful, the music is simply amazing.

    There is a bit of a story, it is not super deep or anything, it’s just a simple justification for the journey you undertake, and some lore tidbits you find that refer to the history of the world you find yourself in, which are actually good enough to raise more interest. The ending was a bit surprising, and “open” – really, it raises more questions than it answers, in my opinion. Well, it answers almost nothing. It’s not really the closure the story needed and while it’s not entirely bad and has a bright side or two, it falls flat after the buildup of interest in the fate of the world you traverse during the game.

    Overall, the game gives off a mixed feeling, but not in a bad way. It’s a combination of wonder and joy of exploration, but also melancholy, as you wonder what the ruins were like in their days of glory, and about the people who lived in them.

    The controls are for the most part pretty tight and make for a good platforming experience, although the latching on edges during climbing is a bit inconsistent, and there’s some issues with jumping as well. It’s not too bad though.

    The gameplay design is casual, don’t expect any serious challenge, at least not overall – there’s a couple puzzles or platforming sections that are more challenging. For the most part, though, you are not really pressured by anything and the puzzles and platforming sections are easy to examine, the clues to solving them, when they are required, are always nearby, easy to find and decipher. Also, in order to progress, you only really ever have to finish some of the puzzles or platforming parts, so you can skip the few that are more challenging. That being said, while a platforming section with very short, but doable time limit, is one thing. Another matter are puzzles that force a trial and error approach and are long enough to where guessing correctly on your first time is very unlikely – that’s just bad lazy game design. Fortunately, there’s only very small amount of those.

    I also haven’t encountered any serious bugs, but there was some pop-in, flickering of shadows, and the game tends to stutter or freeze momentarily when entering new locations.

    Overall, the game is lovely and it pulled me in, and did not let go until I finished it. Despite the couple minor technical issues and the lackluster ending, I can’t say I regret playing through it at all. The journey was wonderful, and despite the linearity of the game, I’m looking forward to re-experiencing it sometime in the future.
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  5. Aug 20, 2021
    7
    An atmospheric adventure game where you roam around and solve simple puzzles to progress through the world.

    Omno doesn't introduce anything
    An atmospheric adventure game where you roam around and solve simple puzzles to progress through the world.

    Omno doesn't introduce anything new to the table for adventure games, and it is very short and could be finished in a single play session. The trailers and screenshots make the game look a lot more appealing than it actually is. The game tries to convince you to take in the sights, but you don't feel compelled to do so.

    The game does not require you to fully complete each area in order to progress, which is nice for casual players.

    As an indie, this game was a decent proof of concept, but there really isn't much going on at all. More story could've made the game more interesting, but as it is, the lack of depth makes the world a bit drab. I give this game a 6+1, where the bonus is because the entire game was made by one single person, which warrants respect.
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  6. Aug 4, 2021
    5
    Short little puzzle game that was a bit of fun.

    Gameplay You walk around and are solving puzzles that involve a little bit of
    Short little puzzle game that was a bit of fun.

    Gameplay

    You walk around and are solving puzzles that involve a little bit of platforming using various skills you obtain throughout the game. There is also a large focus on exploration. Each of the 10 areas has things you need to collect and see in order to get full completion. There are several abilities you unlock, the first is the dash which is self-explanatory and after its acquisition becomes a frequent use in the game. The next one is a skating-like ability that is used for faster traversal, unfortunately, this ability is a bit underused and doesn’t serve much of a purpose outside of faster movement when the areas open up a bit, the increase isn’t that much either. Another ability is teleport, this allows you to teleport to certain points in the areas and also sees frequent use in puzzles after its introduction, it combines with the dash ability to make a nice combination for solving the puzzles. Lastly is a glide ability, this one comes late in the game but does see frequent use and works extremely well with dash and teleport and for this, the last sections of the game are the strongest with the most diverse puzzles and interesting ideas. The game is definitely geared towards younger audiences as the puzzles are quite simple to solve and for the most part, don’t require too much thinking, this does make it a bit boring to play and definitely kills replay value especially with a lacking story.

    Story

    There isn’t much of a story but there are glyphs you can get to give some backstory and world-building, it is all textual though, and isn’t very engaging.

    Graphics

    The graphics are nice, have a simple art style that is nice to look at and the models are really good looking, each creature is unique and adds great diversity to the game.

    Soundtrack

    The soundtrack is alright, not much there but it doesn’t detract and is pretty good towards the conclusion of the game.

    Conclusion

    Omno is an ok game, it is rather short and simple with some nice puzzles. However, at the current price point, I don’t really recommend the game.
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  7. Aug 1, 2021
    2
    I have played 5 hours, time that it took me to pass it on.
    A good puzzle game to pass the time, but very short.
    The colors and the music are
    I have played 5 hours, time that it took me to pass it on.
    A good puzzle game to pass the time, but very short.
    The colors and the music are very pleasant, ideal for children who are starting, since it does not have any violence.
    The only flaw in the game is the price (17.99€) for the duration it has, which forces me to rate it with a 2, when it could reach a 7.
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