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  • Summary: An tale of a small robot on a big adventure. This title from Paul Helman and Sean Scapelhorn is a classic platformer that tells an emotional and surprisingly rich tale of self-discovery peppered with nostalgic popular culture references that will bring a smile to any gamer who enjoys the 8An tale of a small robot on a big adventure. This title from Paul Helman and Sean Scapelhorn is a classic platformer that tells an emotional and surprisingly rich tale of self-discovery peppered with nostalgic popular culture references that will bring a smile to any gamer who enjoys the 8 and 16 bit era. Made by just two people, Horace offers over 15 hours of exciting platforming and pushes the boundaries of the genre with profound storytelling and quirky and nostalgic pop culture references! A game made by videogame lovers for videogame lovers!

    • “Horace really could be one of the most charming games of the year.” Eurogamer
    • “A real contender for Indie Game of the Year.” The Sixth Axis
    • “A frankly gorgeous-looking pixel art platform adventure game” Kotaku UK
    • 9/10 ""Might very well be the best platformer of 2019"" Cub3d
    • “Horace’s heartwarming narrative pushes you through the hardcore gameplay, and the high quality aesthetic and music burns themselves into your brain” Escapist Magazine
    • 9/10 “Definitely one of the best Indie titles I have played this year” Demon Gaming
    • 9.5/10 “This is one of the best games of 2019 and one of the best independent games I have ever played” Way too many games
    • 8.5/10 ""Manages to offer his own personal reading of the platform genre, surprisingly walking the streets of narration"" Multiplayer.it

    Adventure through hours and hours of varied gameplay, dubbed by many as Indie GOTY 2019! Overcome 2D platforming challenges with a unique twist, unlock new metroidvania inspired robot abilities, enjoy plenty of retro-inspired mini games and reunite Horace with his family.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Oct 20, 2020
    100
    Horace is something very special — the only vaguely negative thing we can say about it is the fact that there are so many spectacularly brilliant indie games on Switch already vying for your attention that we fear Horace may fall somewhat by the wayside. If you have any interest in superb level design, excellent storytelling, terrific art, evocative music, great characters, hilarious situations and emotional gut-punches, Horace is a no-brainer. It's moving without being manipulative, clever without being smug, and nostalgic without being a lazy rehash. So yes, Horace is another indie masterpiece, and every gamer who enjoys quality experiences should play it; a masterpiece that owes so much to its medium, but has the strength, creativity and identity to stand alone as something very, very special. Buy this.
  2. Oct 27, 2020
    90
    Horace is a challenging platformer with strong core mechanics and inventive design, all of which gradually build up into something truly amazing and satisfying as a video game. Its homage to the heart and soul of video games as an art form and its deep insight into human nature all come together to make it an experience that is both memorable and important.
  3. Feb 27, 2021
    90
    Indie gem, hardcore platformer, robot fairy tale all rolled into one. This is a creative mix that also includes loads of funny retro references, puzzles and great storytelling.
  4. Oct 20, 2020
    85
    Horace is a captivating retro adventure full of different gameplay styles and homages to series, movies and other games.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Dec 31, 2020
    80
    Offbeat, occasionally twisted, frequently funny and never boring, Horace is the best kind of attention-seeker: it demands you sit up and take notice and never stops rewarding you for doing so. [Issue#354, p.120]
  6. Oct 21, 2020
    80
    A labour of love that pays brilliantly inventive tribute to the platform genre and the 8 and 16-bit eras in general.
  7. Apr 19, 2021
    50
    Maybe it's the throwback design influences that are slightly too far outside of this reviewer's reach to appreciate and retro fans that remember playing the ZX spectrum will find a lot more to get out in this title. The desire is strong to get on with Horace, it really is, and he might even make you laugh at times, but just like the guy wearing socks and sandals, there are too many things holding it back.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Oct 22, 2021
    10
    I'm nearly 50..gaming all my life, all the way from the beginning, where this games inspiration comes from with many many zx spectrum, c64I'm nearly 50..gaming all my life, all the way from the beginning, where this games inspiration comes from with many many zx spectrum, c64 Easter eggs, winks and nods too. If your an old boy (or girl) like myself, you are going to be absolutely blown away by this absolute masterpiece. Yes the story premise is utterly lifted from bicentennial man, but the likes of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams would be proud of this game as there is enough spin on the story to make the game its own entity. The music, the gameplay mechanics, the smoothness of the game running on switch, the level design, the genius humour and the delivery from the voice acting.. its pure and utter genius. It made me actually laugh out loud at the writrin and tear in my eye for the human moments. If your an old school gamer this is a masterpiece, for all other gamers, it's still a great game but you might not get all the references.

    Total bargain even at the full price.
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  2. Feb 14, 2021
    10
    Solid platforming. Wasn’t sure from the trailer if it was gonna feel a bit slow compared to the masocore games I’ve been playing lately, butSolid platforming. Wasn’t sure from the trailer if it was gonna feel a bit slow compared to the masocore games I’ve been playing lately, but it was imaginative, fun and a decent challenge. The cut scenes were funny too. Expand
  3. Sep 4, 2021
    10
    I thoroughly enjoyed this game. I've passed it by a number of times, and glad I finally picked it up during a sale. The game is definitelyI thoroughly enjoyed this game. I've passed it by a number of times, and glad I finally picked it up during a sale. The game is definitely worth it's full price.

    The gameplay is a platformer where the "gimmick" is that the robot can walk along the walls and ceiling. When oriented on a wall, for example, gravity will act toward the wall. At first this is quite disorienting but you get used to it. It makes for some interesting level design, with the designers using the orientation to great effect. It's similar to Super Mario galaxy in terms of gravity shifting, but plays quite differently because gravity tends to act at 90 degree increments.

    I found the story very heartwarming. The robot protagonist is almost child-like. The robot will not quite understand the adult things happening around him. The story is very British and I chuckled a number of times at the humour. The "voice acting" is all narrated by the robot with a varying pitch English robot voice. The supporting characters were all quite different and memorable. I really enjoyed the ending, it was a great wrap up to the story.

    The game was quite expansive. It is a Metroidvania game (with addition abilities and backtracking), linear in story (divided into chapters).
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  4. Jan 10, 2021
    9
    Got it when it was on sale for about $2. 10/10 rating at that price. Remarkable storyline and addicting gameplay.
  5. Feb 3, 2021
    9
    The story is what captivated me most about this game. Such heartfelt and hilarious scenes interspliced with surprising and fun gameplayThe story is what captivated me most about this game. Such heartfelt and hilarious scenes interspliced with surprising and fun gameplay elements that both harken back to video gaming history as well as feel fresh. A few glitches here and there, but overall I’m so glad I played and finished it! Expand
  6. Dec 22, 2020
    8
    I didn't bother with this game when it first came out as it seemed too expensive for yet another 8 bit platformer.

    Picked it up on sale and
    I didn't bother with this game when it first came out as it seemed too expensive for yet another 8 bit platformer.

    Picked it up on sale and have to say I would have been happy paying the full price for it. The story is captivating and the platforming, while difficult, let's you straight back into the action without losing progress.

    I still haven't fully completed it but like it so much I have put more hours into it than many of my full price games.
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  7. Feb 20, 2021
    0
    Absurdamente difícil. No se merece las críticas positivas que tiene. No mencionan la dificultad que tiene y que no se puede modificar. ElAbsurdamente difícil. No se merece las críticas positivas que tiene. No mencionan la dificultad que tiene y que no se puede modificar. El único truco es dejarte matar hasta que te dan 2 escudos, con lo que llevo 1300 muertes para ir siempre con 2 escudos en cada pantalla imposible. Es un juego que no pillaría ni regalado y eso que pagué 1€ y ya me parece un timo. Control con la gravedad un poco deficiente al girar en esquinas. Quiero pasármelo y eliminarlo para siempre. Los que valoran juegos no se qué nivel tienen para no tener los problemas de la gente normal y no me considero un manco no. Lo que influye es que no me divierte perder el tiempo con estos juegos. Expand

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