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  • Summary: From the creators of Torchlight and Torchlight II. Traverse and transform the mysterious world of Hob. This vibrant, atmospheric adventure game is set in a stunning and brutal world in disarray. As players delve into the mysteries around them, they discover a planet in peril. Can it beFrom the creators of Torchlight and Torchlight II. Traverse and transform the mysterious world of Hob. This vibrant, atmospheric adventure game is set in a stunning and brutal world in disarray. As players delve into the mysteries around them, they discover a planet in peril. Can it be mended, or will the world fall further into chaos? Now with enhanced performance and features, only available on Nintendo Switch in this definitive edition. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 20, 2019
    100
    However you want to describe it, though, there’s no denying Hob is great. It’s an action-adventure game that has an abundance of both of those things, and if you want some Zelda-adjacent action on your Switch, you’ll find plenty to love here.
  2. Apr 11, 2019
    90
    Hob: The Definitive Edition is a 3D adventure game that combines fluid combat, landscape altering puzzles, and engaging platforming. The varying area designs and atmospheres are a treat to experience and entice you into pushing forward. The enhancements since the original improve the experience as well.
  3. Apr 4, 2019
    80
    We've been stung before with ports of console and PC games - especially those lauded for the size and intricacy of their worlds - but Panic Button has proved, once again, that it really does know how to do the right games justice within the constraints of Switch's hardware design. Hob: The Definitive Edition retains all the qualities of the original, with only a reasonable downgrade in its visuals serving as a caveat. With a cel-shaded art style helping negate the effect of this aesthetic sacrifice and all the improvements genuinely helping elevate Hob's overall quality, Hob becomes the latest 3D platformer to secure a well-earned place among Switch's most exciting new additions.
  4. Apr 25, 2019
    80
    Hob has obvious inspirations and an overwhelming originality. The Runic Games's title is a tale of adventure mastered as rarely seen before. Classic in its approach or progression, it offers a high-end artistic direction and a dream soundtrack. The impression of "déjà vu", inherent to the genre, is sometimes present but does not affect in any way a smooth and pleasant progression. The ten hour longevity of Hob is well worth the investment.
  5. Apr 9, 2019
    70
    Hob reveals to be a satisfying experience. The level design is diverse and conveys a real appetite for exploration and puzzles. Alas, the fight mechanics aren't so engaging and the handheld mode is filled with technical issues.
  6. May 1, 2019
    70
    Fortunately for me, I happened to be in just that frame of mind after playing through the amazing and absolutely brutal Cuphead. The last thing I wanted to do after that was play another stressful and nail-biting experience. So, HOB just so happened to scratch the opposite itch I was craving. Had I played it under a different mindset, it’s hard to tell what my reaction might have been. If you’re in that sort of mood, I think HOB might hit the spot. If not, well then, maybe HOB isn't the game for you. But if that is the case, I would encourage you to play it when you are feeling inquisitive.
  7. Apr 15, 2019
    60
    An enchanting adventure, no doubt, and one that lasts quite a while. I just don’t know if it feels quite at home on Switch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Apr 20, 2019
    10
    I do not give a ten lightly. But aside from a couple glitches when I jumped where I should not have (thank you respawn button), this game isI do not give a ten lightly. But aside from a couple glitches when I jumped where I should not have (thank you respawn button), this game is a masterpiece. The sense of adventure, the surprise of the unknown, the story--compelling even without words, makes this game better than the rest.

    I simply could not stop playing until I looked in every hiding space, fought every enemy and finished the story. On normal mode, the fighting is not very challenging. But the challenge is in travelling the world, understanding what to do, where to go next. The map is a great help.

    I took many pictures of the beautiful world, and my ears delighted in the wonderful sounds.

    (Admittedly, I never played in handheld mode, so I can't address those criticisms.)

    If you like what you see in trailers and snapshots, then jump in, this game is fantastic!
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  2. Jun 18, 2019
    10
    I won’t spoil anything. I’ll just say that even though HOB is decently long, I wish it were even longer. When I finished it, I looked to seeI won’t spoil anything. I’ll just say that even though HOB is decently long, I wish it were even longer. When I finished it, I looked to see if a sequel was in the works. Unfortunately, the game studio that made HOB has shut down. If you like adventure, atmosphere, puzzles, and technology, this game will win you over. Just don’t expect a tutorial or dialogue—the game trusts you to figure things out right up until the final moment. Expand
  3. Jul 12, 2019
    10
    Very well made game with great map development! The game is worth its price and features many different aspects of game play. All in all funVery well made game with great map development! The game is worth its price and features many different aspects of game play. All in all fun experience for all ages. Expand
  4. Apr 11, 2019
    9
    A mixture between Zelda and Rime. A little buggy, but a fun 10 hours of game play.
  5. Apr 28, 2019
    9
    A relaxing dungeon crawler with some complicated puzzle solving and tons of exploration in a beautiful world. I played primarily in handheldA relaxing dungeon crawler with some complicated puzzle solving and tons of exploration in a beautiful world. I played primarily in handheld mode and still loved the way the game looked, often playing until the system was running out of battery. The game gives you very little direction, letting the player decide where to go and which area to tackle first. The first bit of the game is a little less open but as you go further, you can tackle different areas first if you can't quite figure out what you need to do where you currently are. Overall a great game! My only complaint was that the game crashed once for me in a transition between sections of the game. Expand
  6. Oct 20, 2020
    8
    Un juegazo. La estética es preciosa. Un mundo abierto lleno de cosas para hacer. ¡Me encanta!.
  7. Apr 8, 2019
    3
    В портативном режиме игра выглядит просто ужасно, в док станции игра выглядит нормально. Геймплейно игра интересная, головоломки не оченьВ портативном режиме игра выглядит просто ужасно, в док станции игра выглядит нормально. Геймплейно игра интересная, головоломки не очень сложные, но подумать приходится иногда. Expand

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