And now guys, today I have a different kind of game for all of you. IT is called Gorogoa and it is published by Annapurna Interactive.
And this is a puzzle game, a different kind of puzzle game. Puzzle games are a dime a dozen on the App Store and most offer only slightly different iterations of the same ideas. Once in a while, though, you get some innovative puzzle games that introduce some intriguing ways of interaction, and Jason Roberts’ Gorogoa is definitely one of those special games. Gorogoa gives players the ability to manipulate four panels, but the ways those panels can be manipulated are very clever and offer some surprises that I really enjoyed. I knew Gorogoa gave players the ability to interact with the overlays of the various illustrations, but I didn’t expect it to do so in such inventive ways. Add to those smart interactions some truly gorgeous, hand-drawn art, and a mystical story, and you have a puzzle game that everyone who enjoys the genre should definitely grab. And if you have friends who like to debate whether video games are art, send them Gorogoa just to add more fuel to the fire.
Gorogoa Gameplay and Review
And now let`s get to the gameplay of this game and see a little bit more of the content of this game. Gorogoa doesn’t really have a tutorial, but it doesn’t need one either. Once you start, you see how the game is broken into four panels in a grid that can be rearranged and zoomed in and out or shifted right and left. You can turn on a hint-like system that shows you which areas can be interacted with, but you can easily figure out what you can interact with even without that aid. The magic starts when you figure out how to remove a tile’s overlay and when you see the worlds hidden underneath other worlds. Shifting a tile’s overlay to an adjacent space to reveal what’s hidden underneath really never gets old in Gorogoa. The surface is never all that there is, and shifting overlays around is not just a means of solving the puzzle and helping the story progress but also a way to reveal the intricate mythology of the game, where worlds are laid upon other worlds and only by lifting each layer can you explore them and reach your goal of collecting those items. As I said early on, if you like metaphors, you’re going to love Gorogoa. How does the overlay mechanic work? Often, you’ll want to have the young boy move to a different location, and the way you’ll do so is by superimposing the door overlay of a different location over the boy’s current location. Once you do that, the boy walks out into the location of the original overlay, in that way of moving the plot forward. If that was all you could do, though, Gorogoa would get boring soon, and Gorogoa is definitely not a boring game. Without spoiling much, there are moments where you use the overlay mechanic to light up space, warm up a room, change the time on a clock, and so many other clever interactions. Gorogoa lets the intricacies of its mechanics gradually unfold in a way that kept me guessing and made the game intriguing.
I love arts and I am an art person, but I think that might be too complicated for some people. But this game really deserves a shot.