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.
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.
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By keeping things so simple, the game is able to keep our focus entirely on the joy of discovery.
A rare combination of accessible but strange and intuitive but mind-bending
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.
An ageless story, told in a unique and remarkable way. It may be short, but Gorogoa pushes the boundaries of puzzle design in all the right directions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
With smart puzzles and lovely art, Gorogoa is well worth grabbing for anyone who's a fan of puzzle games, even despite its short length.
Gorogoa is a beautiful albeit short puzzle game worth experiencing even if you aren't a brilliant puzzle solver.
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.
There’s a rare, beautiful harmony between how you play Gorogoa, how it tells its story, and the lesson it seems to be imparting.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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.