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  • Summary: Gorogoa is an elegant evolution of the puzzle genre, told through a beautifully hand-drawn story designed and illustrated by Jason Roberts, who created thousands of meticulously detailed hand-drawn illustrations, encompassing the impressive scope of Gorogoa's personal narrative.

    Gorogoa
    Gorogoa is an elegant evolution of the puzzle genre, told through a beautifully hand-drawn story designed and illustrated by Jason Roberts, who created thousands of meticulously detailed hand-drawn illustrations, encompassing the impressive scope of Gorogoa's personal narrative.

    Gorogoa isn't just a game - it's a work of art, expressing itself through soulful, charming illustrations and distinguished puzzle mechanics.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Dec 22, 2017
    90
    I wish that this was an actual storybook, a heavy thing bound in leather and built from parchment.
  2. Jan 11, 2018
    90
    Gorogoa is a very subtle and brilliantly innovative visual experience that will let your wide wide open long after its conclusion, thanks to a clever structure from start to finish. Jason Roberts' first game choose to mute this narrative puzzle tale, only to focus on strong visuals that navigates somewhere between surrealism and melancholy. Gorogoa may be quick to finish, but a second run seems clearly mandatory once you saw the ending. Too bad that all the available versions of the game display such different prices.
  3. Feb 20, 2018
    90
    Gorogoa is a good fit for the Switch. The four panel interface is a good fit for a portable game and you can play the game entirely using the touch screen. While it makes for a good portable game, you should probably make your way through the game without long breaks in between as it can be hard to remember what panels led you to the current stage of the puzzle and how you last manipulated the current panels. Overall, Gorogoa is an unusual and unique puzzle game, and it's easy to recommend to anyone who enjoys games of this genre.
  4. Jan 30, 2018
    85
    Gorogoa crafts its inventive, sliding-tile puzzles and magical world with a graceful simplicity across a compact but fulfilling adventure. The excitement of solving each puzzle may be lost on a repeat playthrough, but its hand-drawn art and clever payoffs are no less satisfying to watch unfold again and again. Gorogoa manages to say so much without uttering a single word, endowing it with a mystery that invites a more attentive, thoughtful revisit — and one that I was more than happy to accept.
  5. Jan 16, 2018
    80
    By allowing you to play with paintings, Gorogoa takes form as one of the most impressive and smart puzzlers. By mixing up the ethereal and tangible, it plays around with your perspective in the form of a handcrafted kaleidoscope. Despite its short duration, it’s a touching experience, one of the gems of 2017.
  6. Jan 3, 2018
    80
    Gorogoa is worthy of everyone’s attention. Writing about it doesn’t do the game the favor it deserves so walk away, grab your Switch, a cup of tea and unwind through the calming waters of Robert’s evocative creation!
  7. Jan 2, 2018
    45
    I’ve seen articles mentioning that Gorogoa was created by a single man over a number of years, and it’s clearly a monumental labor of love. I want to respect that and I appreciate the amount of work that must’ve gone into this title… I honestly can’t even imagine. That said, as someone coming to this project knowing nothing about it beforehand, I found the Swiss-watch mechanics and detailed illustrations to be impressive, but the experience fell short in all other aspects. I’d love to view an edited Let’s Play of all the sequences being solved in order, but I have a tough time recommending it as something to play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Apr 1, 2021
    10
    Short, beautiful, best played on the touchscreen. Very intuitive interface, can and should be played without pressing any buttons. The puzzlesShort, beautiful, best played on the touchscreen. Very intuitive interface, can and should be played without pressing any buttons. The puzzles are very, very easy. I recommend to read the game as an illustrated, animated, interactive story book. Don’t expect a challenge! Expand
  2. Jan 12, 2021
    10
    A truly lovely and stirring puzzle game. It really makes the most of its core concept.

    Can and should be finished in one 2 to 3 hour
    A truly lovely and stirring puzzle game. It really makes the most of its core concept.

    Can and should be finished in one 2 to 3 hour session--otherwise you may forget what you were doing.
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  3. Nov 29, 2020
    9
    It's an amazing puzzle game. It feels fresh and I was really caught up in the universe. The graphic design is beautiful and the mechanics areIt's an amazing puzzle game. It feels fresh and I was really caught up in the universe. The graphic design is beautiful and the mechanics are genius. Yes, you have to figure it out by yourself but there are not a lot, so I don't get how people can get frustrated for not being told how to switch a tile. I think the fun comes because it lets you play around with the tiles and that's how you discover how the puzzles work.

    I really recommend it for anyone who likes puzzles. It is short but worthwile. No replay value, of course, but it's an exprience.
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  4. Sep 30, 2018
    8
    Gorogoa is a relaxing puzzle based on shifting tiles, but it couldn't have existed as a physical object: it only makes sense as a videogame.Gorogoa is a relaxing puzzle based on shifting tiles, but it couldn't have existed as a physical object: it only makes sense as a videogame. It's also unique in its mechanics, and beautifully illustrated in a hand-drawn, pleasantly old-fashioned style.

    Gorogoa is clearly a labour of love. As you play it, you can feel the childlike passion and care that went into it. It's an artsy game that always seems to hint at some deeper meaning through its graphics and its slightly hypnotic mechanics. Is the meaning actually there? That's not the point: Gorogoa is evocative and sometimes almost moving, even if it's hard to make sense of its imagery.

    Gorogoa is short game that respects your time, and it's very much worth playing.
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  5. May 4, 2019
    8
    When I was a young child, my grandmother gave me a number of beautifully-illustrated picture puzzle books. Gorogoa reminds me a great deal ofWhen I was a young child, my grandmother gave me a number of beautifully-illustrated picture puzzle books. Gorogoa reminds me a great deal of those gifts, and is very much a spiritual successor to them. Challenging but not frustrating, this unique game tells an enigmatic story through gorgeous hand-drawn animations, with subtle hints peppered here and there to point you in the right direction. For the best experience, set aside a couple of hours and plan to play through the entire game in one setting. While completing the game does unlock a prototype demo, there's little reason to return or replay after you're done -- just like those puzzle mystery books from my childhood. Expand
  6. Feb 26, 2018
    7
    It's definitely impressive that this game was essentially the work of one person over many years, with a clear and interesting vision. It's aIt's definitely impressive that this game was essentially the work of one person over many years, with a clear and interesting vision. It's a unique puzzler unlike any I've played before, and I'm glad that I played it and supported the indie developer. But at the end of the day, it didn't quite leave me fully satisfied.

    There are some really clever puzzles, but the game doesn't do a good job of explaining it's mechanics. You just have to basically figure out how to play on your own. Sometimes, I solved a puzzle by logic and actually figuring it out which felt satisfying, but half the time it seemed like I solved it by pure luck of trial and error. Those times felt a bit disappointing. The puzzles do slowly ramp up in complexity, but the final puzzle was surprisingly straight-forward and easy; definitely a let-down to end the game on. It's also pretty short, which isn't always bad, but I felt like with it's unique and complex puzzle concept, it could have been longer with more puzzles to solve. I was a bit surprised to reach the end when I did.

    Although it has an interesting vision and story to tell, the story is so vague I didn't really get much out of it. After I finished the game, I was just left scratching my head. I wish it had given some clearer insight, which also might have helped with the puzzle-solving. It is nice that's it's all music and sound effects, though. Great atmosphere.

    Despite its flaws, it's still a unique game worth a try. If you're not sure about the $14.99 price tag, you probably wouldn't regret buying if it's ever on sale.
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  7. Apr 9, 2020
    1
    I don't think there's enough time to get the things done on a Nintendo switch console. Especially when I have to switch between 2 picturesI don't think there's enough time to get the things done on a Nintendo switch console. Especially when I have to switch between 2 pictures sewell times. This is no problem at the PC console, because you have your mouse to get your things done. In Nintendoi don't have the mouse, and therefor I will take a bit longer, for me.... Actually I stock because of that :-( Expand

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