ElecHead is an ingenious, compact, and elegant puzzle-platformer of wordless brilliance.
ElecHead is so simple and intuitive looking that you won't even need a tutorial to start playing and enjoying the game right away. Nama Takahashi's game can be finished in a single session and doesn't excel in replayability due to it being a puzzle platformer but you're going to be entertained by every moment of it while traveling through its brillant level design. If you're looking for an experience that will make you remember why you love gaming then not giving ElecHead a chance would really be a crime.
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An essential purchase for puzzle platforming connoisseurs, ElecHead is a thrilling, bite-sized adventure that makes you feel like the smartest person in the room.
A great chiptune soundtrack courtesy of Tsuyomi caps things off; it perfectly encapsulates that quiet, isolated feeling, while knowing the perfect time to ramp things up. While the game doesn’t last long (clocking in at around two hours), it uses every second wisely and never outstays its welcome, even if you are left wanting a bit more.
Even in the context of notably high-quality "short" games of this year, ElecHead's three-to-four run-time and sparse replayability may look like it doesn't do the game any favors in convincing you this is a run-time to bother investing in.
It feels familiar, but also so distinct. While I appreciate a satisfying game that doesn't overstay its welcome, I easily could have spent much more time with a more expanded version of this concept. On the other hand, maybe ElecHead is as good as it is because its pace is so fast and joyous. Regardless, it's a wonderful thing this game made the leap to Switch.
ElecHead is a delightful chunk of a game that is innovative, thought-provoking, and really entertaining… while it lasts. The biggest issue about it is the fact you can beat it in a sitting without making an effort. I can absolutely understand its minuscule length, considering this was made by a single person in his spare time, but it was so fun I just ended up wanting more out of it.
From the moment you first charge an object and cause your own electric destruction, to the last time you throw your head across a pile of spikes and frantically chase after it with your tiny headless body, ElecHead will keep teaching and challenging you with its creative tricks as it fosters a sense of wonder that’s rarely felt.