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    dkirschner's Gorogoa (PC)

    [February 1, 2022 09:19:57 AM]
    This is a quick, clever puzzle game where you rearrange tiles on a 2x2 grid to move the character and progress the narrative. The beautiful painted art style definitely caught my eye, and upon playing the sound design is great too and reminded me of Bjork composing for a horror movie. So, I can't say enough positive things about the presentation.

    The gameplay itself--the puzzle solving--quickly became tedious for me. You will click on tiles a lot and progress through much trial and error. You can zoom in on objects in tiles in order to shift the perspective of the painting and create different interactions. And you can shift tiles around to create continuity and progress. So for example, one clever part requires you to set a clock to a specific time. This involves finding a thermometer device with a red gauge and a fire. Move the fire tile beneath the thermometer tile to heat the thermometer and move the red gauge to where the red minute hand on the clock is. Then you have to find the minute hand and move it. As you click around, you'll find a star magnet with paperclips and pins stuck to it. You'll also find a compass. Move the compass in the correct spot relative to the magnet to orient the needle in the direction that the clock's minute hand needs to be set. Then drag the clock tower frame off of the incorrect clock face and over the correct minute and second hands, and put the clock tower frame back on the clock tower. This changes the scene to night-time and a star illuminates in the sky. Move the tile with your character on it to pick up the star (which is the goal of that level).

    This is one of the middle-game puzzles; they got much more challenging and mind-bending. But you can always figure them out if you just click around enough. I felt smart in the first half of the game because I could figure puzzles out and see the logic clear enough without clicking and dragging on a hundred things. Later in the game, I was just relieved that a piece of the puzzle was complete because tiles wind up having like 5 levels of zooming in. I think this is what I mean by the game becoming tedious. I would recommend trying out Gorogoa because it is really clever. Lots of people love it. Perhaps your mileage varies on your love for point-and-click puzzles. This reminded me a lot of The Pedestrian, which I recently played and thought also became tedious. Nevertheless, props to the developer. Apparently this is the creation mostly of one person who worked on it for years. Very cool!
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    dkirschner's Gorogoa (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Tuesday 1 February, 2022

    GameLog closed on: Tuesday 1 February, 2022

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Clever puzzles, great art style and sound design, but it quickly was tedious to play.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstar

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