Gorogoa Review

Gorogoa isn't a game for everyone, but if you enjoy unique, challenging, surreal puzzles, you are going to love it. The gameplay is harder to explain than it is to simply figure out after spending a couple of minutes with the game, but I will give it a try. The screen is divided into four panels, which can contain from one to four pictures. Many of the pictures you'll see during the course of the game are interactive in that you can zoom in on areas or scroll them to one side or the other to reveal new scenes. The pictures can be moved from one panel to another, and some can be overlaid on others. For instance, you can move a picture with a lamp on it over one with a light source like the moon, and light the lamp by combining the pictures. Panels placed next to each other can interact with each other, such as by connecting gears between pictures, continuing a scene from one to the next, or dropping an object from one panel to the panel below it.

In this way the game is at once a series of puzzles and one continuous puzzle that is only truly solved when you reach the end of the game. Some of the solutions are pretty straightforward, but others can be deviously tricky. Patient puzzlers will love this, but the easily frustrated may find themselves rage quitting or searching Google for a walkthrough. It's a testament to the game's good puzzle design that it can leave you stumped for a bit when there are only a few panels at a time to work with. You'll spend time shifting panels and scenes within panels, and suddenly the solution will dawn upon you and you'll slide everything into place with satisfaction. The next scene will play out, the panels will reveal new things, and the process begins again.

Gorogoa screenshot 3

Is there a story to the game? Well, yes and no. There are certainly narrative elements that are conveyed through the scenes and animations in the panels, and there are thematic elements that are repeated throughout the game, but don't expect a real story in the traditional sense. Personally, I enjoyed the fact that the game is surreal and leaves a lot to your imagination.

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.

Final Rating: 90% - Beautifully drawn panels hide a challenging puzzle beneath.


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