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Do you have kids? Buy and share Gorogoa as soon as you can. This game is admittedly dark and somber, but its saddest content is more of an issue of tone and confusion than outright inappropriate material, and its delightfully illustrated puzzles do not come more recommended for children. Hardcore puzzle fans, meanwhile, should do their best to take a breath while coming up with Gorogoa's solutions and admire the gorgeous story.
Gorogoa is an immaculate puzzle game. Gorgeous art, beautiful but ominous ambient music, and mind-blowingly clever design combine for something special. It's a game like nothing we've ever played before, and with a modest run-time and low price-point to boot, you have no reason not to snag this outstanding experience.
I fell in love with Gorogoa from the moment I moved one drawing over another to create a doorway for the character to move to a new location. The puzzles get harder, but the way you solve them is always wonderful.
You will be hard-pressed to find a puzzling game more beautifully crafted as Gorogoa. Everything from its music to the hand-drawn puzzle frames ignites the imagination to keep search and digging for more. Even with its short length, Gorogoa is a satisfying game. It is also an exercise in asking questions about our own devotion and the lengths that we might go to in order to connect with the divine.
Gorogoa is a relaxing, intriguing puzzle game that is a must-have addition to anyone's game library. With unique art and unique gameplay, it's a fresh new take on the genre, and its quality reflects the fact that it took years to perfect.
It's impossible to describe Gorogoa in words. All the sentimentality and complete harmony in all of its elements, together with an innovative gameplay, make this a unique game that will hardly be replicated.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
The Switch's eShop is starting to become saturated with bucket loads of high-quality content. This is great in one way, of course, but stumbling across hidden gems within it will get tougher as time goes on. Gorogoa is one such gem; a game quite unlike any other that deserves your attention. It is a little on the short side, but the creativity that has been put into its design, and the effect it will have on you during your time exploring its gorgeous world, is something that you'll want to experience. If you're looking for something new to try, this would be an excellent choice.
Gorogoa is a very subtile and brilliantly innovative visual experience that will let your wide wide open long after its conclusion, thanks to a clever structure from start to finish. Jason Roberts' first game choose to mute this narrative puzzle tale, only to focus on strong visuals that navigates somewhere between surrealism and melancholy. Gorogoa may be quick to finish, but a second run seems clearly mandatory once you saw the ending. Too bad that all the available versions of the game display such different prices.
Review in French | Read full review
Through its characters, its designer, and its player, Gorogoa keeps an outsider's perspective in a present state of mind. Straightforward action—shifting panels and considering different points of view—doesn't preclude logical twists or emotional complexity. In only a couple hours, Gorogoa creates a window into a daydream and a companion to despair.
While it is short – it took me nearly an hour to reach the end – Gorogoa is worth a second and third trip not because there are new challenges to test, but because it gives me a chance to truly appreciate the clockwork-like precision of the puzzle design and the magnificent hand-drawn artwork found in every frame. It also gives me a chance to try and figure out just what the hell is happening in the story. This may be the fuzziest narrative I've ever had to tackle, open to a great many different interpretations, but that's just part of the game's elegance and brilliance. Even without understanding it, I can still safely say Gorogoa is one of the best puzzle games to ever grace my iPad.
There's a creative mind-bending aspect to some of the puzzles – at the right zoom level panels can be visually combined in clever ways. It really is a very carefully crafted game and I found the difficulty level just right – both pleasantly challenging and satisfying. While over quickly, I really enjoyed Gorogoa.
Gorogoa is quaint, expressive and beautiful, delivering a lush narrative full of different potential interpretations carried by game mechanics which challenge players to think in unfamiliar and creative ways.
Gorogoa is a rare example of a game that's unique in form and interesting in content. It's a short (just a couple of hours) game, but with very rich and touching story, really interesting puzzles, and stunning visuals.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Gorogoa is a truly mesmerising experience from start to finish whose greatest sin is that it’s all over far too quickly. Your short time spent with the game, however, will take you on a truly memorable journey unlike any other. Beautiful, ingenious and full of mystery, Gorogoa is a game I simply couldn’t put down and one I’m eager to return to again even if just to bask in the magnificent world Jason Roberts has handcrafted one more time.
I didn't expect to make room in my heart for one more game this year, but Gorogoa was worth the effort. As a palette cleanser rounding out my year in games, Gorogoa is the perfect snack.
Gorogoa is a brief but beautiful foray into mystery. But its puzzles are elegant rather than elusive, relying on internal logic and a cohesive exploration of the main character's psyche and the world around him.
Gorogoa crafts its inventive, sliding-tile puzzles and magical world with a graceful simplicity across a compact but fulfilling adventure. The excitement of solving each puzzle may be lost on a repeat playthrough, but its hand-drawn art and clever payoffs are no less satisfying to watch unfold again and again. Gorogoa manages to say so much without uttering a single word, endowing it with a mystery that invites a more attentive, thoughtful revisit — and one that I was more than happy to accept.
Gorgoa is an elegant piece of art, but also a unique journey through a wonderful surreal world. Jason Roberts puts the player in his own lifetime puzzle, and finding a way out requires to look everything from a brand new fascinating perspective. Maybe the journey is too short, but it's definitely worth a ride.
Review in Italian | Read full review
While the short length is somewhat disappointing, Gorogoa is still a breathtaking experience. The gorgeous art and engaging puzzles fuse together for something otherworldly. I don't know if I'll revisit Gorogoa, except to maybe show friends, but the focused, impressive design will stick with me for a long time.
Gorogoa is a tremendously designed puzzle experience that rewards creative, out-of-the-box thinking. Though there were a few, rare moments where frustration blemished the ride, the game is so authentically unique, beautifully illustrated and wonderfully scored, that it's impossible to not be enamoured by its potent, singular vision.
Gorogoa seems is a bit under appreciated thanks to a release date close to the new year. But its a great puzzle game and one of the best indie games of 2017 and for everyone looking for a new experience, it's a short but a satisfying journey.
Review in Persian | Read full review
The success of Jason and its game has an important lesson for us. Gorogoa shows how a work of art, no matter how small and on low on budget, would please critics and gamers if it has a high quality. This actually could encourage other indie developers to overcome their fear making video games.
Review in Persian | Read full review
An original and different kind of puzzle, that comes wrapped in a gorgeus aesthetic. It lasts little more than the blink of an eye but... What a ride!
Review in Spanish | Read full review
The first look of Gorogoa might remind you the gameplay of Framed and Monument Valley, but once you get into this game, you will find out Gorogoa provides a special experience, using a mass of creative interacting logic that is different from any other games. Even the most hardcore puzzle gamers can be moved by this great work.
Review in Chinese | Read full review
If you thrill in playing games that represent the sweat and tears of a developer, Gorogoa is a great game to purchase. It's absolutely gorgeous, and I found it supremely meditative.
I fear we may have published our Game of the Year list too early, because Gorogoa definitely deserves some sort of a mention. It's the best puzzle game I've played all year.
While Gorogoa is one of this year's shortest experiences, it's still one that's worth checking out, as it turns a relatively simple idea into one of the year's most compelling and innovative puzzle games.
Gorogoa is essentially an experience that might be short, but it is full of surprises at every corner as you manage to figure out some of the more complicated puzzles.
It takes someone quite extraordinary to see the world in such a way to connect images like Roberts does in Gorogoa, and for that alone I'm glad I've been privy to it. It'll stick with me as a piece of art to admire, but not as a video game to enjoy.
An intelligent puzzle game, Gorogoa certainly tests your logic skills, but it also forgets to really teach you how to handle later chapters when things suddenly get much more complicated.
Gorogoa's main problem lies with its outdated linear approach. It's a fantastic, distinctive looking game with a solid hook for progression through its puzzles, but it ironically doesn't take a lot of risks. If you want a good hour or so to play a unique puzzle game, Gorogoa will fill that void, but just don't expect it to do much more than that.