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  • Summary: Hoa is a beautiful puzzle-platforming game that features breathtaking hand-painted art, lovely music, and a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. Experience the magic of nature and imagination as you play the main character, Hoa, on her journey through breathtaking environments back to where it allHoa is a beautiful puzzle-platforming game that features breathtaking hand-painted art, lovely music, and a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. Experience the magic of nature and imagination as you play the main character, Hoa, on her journey through breathtaking environments back to where it all began.

    - Breathtaking hand-painted art

    - Originally composed & live-recorded soundtracks

    - Peaceful & relaxing atmosphere

    - Lovely & well-designed creatures

    - Light-hearted but appealing story
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 23, 2021
    90
    It's safe to say that I think Hoa is an absolutely outstanding game. My childhood self would be shrieking with glee at this game as it is everything you could possibly wish for out of a nature based puzzle platformer. With adorable creatures to befriend and a story to learn, Hoa definitely has it all. Therefore I cannot recommend this game enough.
  2. Aug 23, 2021
    80
    Unravelling the narrative and exploring the carefully crafted world in Hoa is both satisfying and rewarding. Fans of puzzle games like Flower or Journey will find the same sense of peace and emotional fulfillment, while those who enjoy Studio Ghibli-inspired art like the Nino no Kuni series will likely appreciate the hand-painted characters and backgrounds. Hoa is a puzzle game worth playing multiple times, as every new journey through the magical landscape reveals further details, and remains just as delightful as the first playthrough.
  3. Aug 24, 2021
    80
    Young players still green to the simple story ideas and to platforming fundamentals will find absolute magic in Hoa. The orchestral score and hand-painted backdrops have the power to whisk imaginations away like nothing else. The tried-and-true design of a modern platform game, while unsurprising to seasoned players, will delight budding gamers getting to know the genre. Apart from its closing stage, Hoa is a paint-by-numbers platformer – and the painting is exceptional, even if everything stays carefully inside the lines.
  4. Aug 23, 2021
    70
    Hoa is a beautiful but brief puzzle-platform adventure that made for a relaxing evening’s worth of entertainment. It features no major physical threats nor any puzzles that are particularly obtuse, so cruising through its hand-painted slices of nature gave me a pleasantly zen-like experience. It’s a shame that the substantially more inventive final sequence wasn’t fleshed out even further, and I wish there were some additional reasons to explore its small selection of environments. But otherwise Hoa is a breezy little jaunt that’s all chilling and no killing.
  5. Sep 3, 2021
    70
    Hoa looks to offer up a relaxing experience first and foremost though, and because of its amazing aesthetics it largely succeeds in this aim – but it’s still hard to overlook its lack of ambition in the gameplay department.
  6. Sep 17, 2021
    60
    Beyond such exquisite splendor from visual and musical perspectives, Hoa proves simple, if not simplistic, just like the adventure's minimalist, ephemeral nature may reflect the lack of original ideas. A nonetheless passionate tribute to Skrollcat Studios' wondrous inspirations.
  7. Aug 23, 2021
    55
    Even in retrospect, it’s easy to look at Hoa and imagine possibilities that it just doesn’t fulfill. The way it contextualizes its mechanics is wonderful, but there’s not enough depth, risk, or complexity to complement those ideas. As a result, the brief experience becomes rather flat and routine.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 27, 2021
    9
    The game have beautiful soundtrack and graphics but don't have much gameplay on it.
  2. Sep 2, 2021
    9
    Hoa is a gorgeous game with an amazing soundtrack and simple, relaxing level design. It's not for everyone, and it's a bit too short for aHoa is a gorgeous game with an amazing soundtrack and simple, relaxing level design. It's not for everyone, and it's a bit too short for a game, even at $15, but it is a game I will happily play again. Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2021
    4
    I made this account purely to review this game. The art work is charming. The music is great. There was clearly a lot of love and attentionI made this account purely to review this game. The art work is charming. The music is great. There was clearly a lot of love and attention put into the aesthetics of the game. However, less attention was paid to the mechanics. If you indicate a move left or right, the character will run until stopped. This is not a good mechanic for a platforming game because it simply creates frustration and undermines the gaming experience, which undermines the careful work that went in to constructing the world. I think the designers should have held the gameplay to a higher standard to ensure immersion it what otherwise would be a pleasant, calming tone poem of a game. Expand