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  • Summary: Hue is a puzzle-platformer through which you alter the world by changing its background color. You explore a dangerous grey land, unearthing colored fragments on a journey to find your missing mother. As obstacles match the background, they disappear, creating new puzzles full of peril,Hue is a puzzle-platformer through which you alter the world by changing its background color. You explore a dangerous grey land, unearthing colored fragments on a journey to find your missing mother. As obstacles match the background, they disappear, creating new puzzles full of peril, mystery, and colors unseen. Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Sep 9, 2016
    100
    Bravo to the developers for taking the feedback and helping make the game more accessible. There's a ton to like about this game and I hope more people will hear about it and give it a try.
  2. Aug 29, 2016
    82
    This simple but very effective visual style is accented by a very fitting original score, which begs to be listened to. Mixing haunting melodies with the keys of a piano, it perfectly conveys the tone of the game and what’s going on at any given time.
  3. Aug 29, 2016
    80
    While the narrative falls a bit flat, Hue succeeds at being both a puzzle game and a platformer. Most puzzle platformers only test my brain, but my reflexes also received a workout here. It impressively walks a tight line between being difficult, yet never left me feeling frustrated. Fiddlesticks have masterfully designed a game that dangled a carrot in front of me until its story ended.
  4. 80
    Hue is a very special experience. Imagine taking some of the best bits of Braid and Thomas Was Alone and intertwining them into an equally amazing package and you get Hue. Hue deserves everyone’s attention and it also deserves a collector’s edition release.
  5. Sep 20, 2016
    78
    The division of this puzzle-platformer into almost separate puzzle and platforming sections may alienate gamers who are looking for a game with one or the other, but not both. I had more fun with the puzzle sequences than the platforming ones simply because the color wheel control kept messing up my timing. When playing challenging platformers, timing is important and you need to get into a groove, and I just couldn't keep a sustained rhythm going in Hue. I like the game's look, its story, and the puzzle mechanics, but the platform sequences on the whole were more frustrating than they were fun.
  6. Oct 10, 2016
    70
    Hue presents a different interpretation on the puzzle-platformer genre with its color-shifting concept and non-traditional storytelling approach; but even with all its inventive ideas, it suffers from a lack of development for each one.
  7. Aug 30, 2016
    50
    Setting aside the score and art style, you're left with a very basic platformer. While the color shifting concept is simple enough and I can appreciate the developers doing something differently, it just isn't enough to make this a memorable journey that you'll want to revisit, especially since most of the game is just breadcrumbing you along with no real thought or skills needed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Oct 21, 2017
    10
    Great little puzzle game, love the idea of solving puzzles with color. The music is beautiful and it has a nice story. A little short butGreat little puzzle game, love the idea of solving puzzles with color. The music is beautiful and it has a nice story. A little short but overall great game! Expand
  2. Aug 6, 2018
    9
    Hue is a very unique and creative platformer/puzzle game. The story and game mechanics revolve around colour. The game starts in black andHue is a very unique and creative platformer/puzzle game. The story and game mechanics revolve around colour. The game starts in black and white and as you travel to new areas you unlock new colours that you can see in the world. But the colours you unlock are also used in the puzzles and platforming as well. If you don't have a specific colour yet, there are specific parts of the world you won't be able to access yet as they rely on that specific colour. The puzzles are very cool and often require you to think outside of the box in order to solve them. I often found myself stumped trying to figure them out. But when I would finally figure them out it was extremely satisfying to progress to the next part of the game. Overall, its a fantastic game. If you like indie games, puzzle games, and games with a unique art style this game is for you. Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2017
    8
    I would've given this a higher rating if it wasn't for a single glitch in only the PS4 version. Near the end, there's two moving platformsI would've given this a higher rating if it wasn't for a single glitch in only the PS4 version. Near the end, there's two moving platforms which pour down purple and blue ink, but that level is glitched. The game however, is challenging but rewarding. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2018
    8
    A 2D Puzzle/Platformer guided by a clever core mechanic; change the monochrome world’s colour palette to advance in the game. It’s a simpleA 2D Puzzle/Platformer guided by a clever core mechanic; change the monochrome world’s colour palette to advance in the game. It’s a simple idea that evolves steadily into more complex iterations as you proceed, like the best mechanics. The colour palette is represented by a colour wheel, only visible when activated by directing the right trigger stick to the correct colour required. Time slows but doesn’t stop until you strike a palette then release the stick. This mostly feels intuitive, only slipping with particularly quick response challenges that could result in incorrect palette swaps, however that’s more about challenge than a bad control scheme.

    The soundtrack is exceptional; a classical piano focussed soundscape that compliments what is a surprisingly effective bittersweet coming-of-age story. The writing and acting present are great examples of why most AAA games in the same department fall short for me – there are inflections appropriate to the emotional beats of the story that never succumb to melodrama nor feel like one simply rehearsing a scene - when things get emotional, it’s convincing.

    Hue takes roughly one or two nights to beat, but it doesn’t intend to occupy your time for too long. The learning curve is well balanced and the story acts to compliment the core mechanic rather than drive it and this works. A great bridging game perhaps between more complex, time important titles. Recommended.
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  5. Oct 15, 2017
    8
    Hue is a fun, unique puzzle platformer with some good level design, and the nice odd challenge in figuring out certain levels. The use ofHue is a fun, unique puzzle platformer with some good level design, and the nice odd challenge in figuring out certain levels. The use of colour change to alter the area is very smart and flows nicely with the game. The time it takes to complete the game is somewhat disappointing, as the game can be played through in a few hours. The story is redundant and confusing, pretty unnecessary for a game of it's kind, which also leads to annoying breaks in the game climbing stairs or ladders listening to the narrator. Despite this, the core game is very relaxing and highly recommended if you are a fan of this type of game. Expand
  6. Mar 17, 2018
    7
    Hue is a puzzle platformer in which the player explores an initially colourless land in search of their missing mother. As the playerHue is a puzzle platformer in which the player explores an initially colourless land in search of their missing mother. As the player progresses they’ll gradually unlock a selection of colours which they are able to switch to at will. The key is that any objects matching the chosen colour will “disappear” into the background and the player is required to make use of this to solve a variety of puzzles and traverse the landscape.

    Hue is an enjoyable little game that combines its puzzle and platforming elements in a very satisfying way. The puzzles, unlike other examples in the genre, are always logical and can be solved without the need for trial and error or looking up YouTube videos. The controls are precise making the platforming sections, which often involve quickly switching between colours, enjoyable as well and any deaths will be the result of player error rather than awkward controls. Hue is a relatively short game (around the 4-5 hour mark) but that means it doesn’t outstay its welcome and remains fun until the end.
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  7. Nov 12, 2017
    4
    Hue is a nice little platform/puzzle game, with story and gameplay mechanics inspired by colours, but is let down by poor gameplay mechanicsHue is a nice little platform/puzzle game, with story and gameplay mechanics inspired by colours, but is let down by poor gameplay mechanics implementation on PS4.

    You have to change the colours of the backgrounds in order to reveal invisible doors and make some obstacles and platforms appear or disappear, all of which are linked to a certain color. This opens up the possibility of including gameplay mechanics like those of Guacamelee! and other older games, with the player shifting between "realities" in order to clear obstacles and proceed.

    It's great to shift between 2 realities at a time, but having to shift between 3 or more is too much for me. I stopped playing when I was stuck at a sequence where I had to quickly shift between 3 colors while running to avoid rolling stones. Why? Because the color shifting mechanic is tied to the right analogue stick instead of dedicated buttons, and it's imprecise. Tried it 20 times, failed, and that was it.

    I am sure that Hue is a nice game overall but the shifting mechanic implementation on PS4 was a disaster for me.
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