Percentile Rank

Hue is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 63 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

79%

Critics Recommend

Based on 63 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

The Vertical Slice
A-
A-
Sep 7, 2016

Hue is a very enjoyable puzzle game to spend your time with. It's not overly long in the tooth and you shouldn't have too much trouble finishing it up. The story was a highlight to see through and while I wish there were more of it, I can't fault it too much, because it still hits the right notes. If you're looking for a unique puzzle game to round out your Summer, don't let this one pass you by. It's well worth your time.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 9, 2016

I had a lot of fun with Hue. It was frustrating sometimes, but most puzzle-platformers are, and it would be boring to get every level right first time. Its faults mostly lie with being over-ambitious in terms of tone and narrative, but I think I'd rather see a game overreach than be content with mediocrity.

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Scored Reviews

giant.moe
Sep 3, 2016

Hue is an excellent puzzle platformer, and I highly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in the genre. The vibrant look and smooth difficulty curve make it a pleasure to play; coupling that with an intriguing, albeit light, narrative and an excellent soundtrack makes for an experience that is difficult to criticise. Indeed, I had no qualms about immediately starting a second playthrough to search for collectables that I has missed or overlooked, something that can be said about very few other games of this genre. This is a highly impressive game.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
ESpalding

Top Critic

Aug 30, 2016

In a monochrome world, learn to play with color and discover the secrets that they hold.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2016

This a game I could easily recommend to anyone with its mechanics being simple but complex enough to provide a decent challenge, it would be an awesome addition if they were to implement a tool system to make and play custom levels, almost a Mario Maker in that regard. It's great from start to finish and provided an incredibly consistent experience that made me want more. If there's a sequel or a dev studio I'd keep an eye for a solid you couldn't do worse than to keep tabs on Fiddlesticks Games

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We Got This Covered
Aug 29, 2016

While it may not be the most difficult, or lengthy, title ever, Hue is a deft combination of nimble platforming and shrewd puzzle solving. Don't sleep on this colorful gem.

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 30, 2016

Overall, we were very impressed with Hue. It's a good example of how a fresh mechanic makes a puzzle/ platformer game great. We can wholeheartedly recommend this game, which is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with a PS Vita release in September.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 28, 2016

Hue has gotten plenty of press, but it manages to be an absolute indie juggernaut that far exceeds its hype. It's a haunting accomplishment, and manages to be just short of a perfect title. Any gamer, whether a fan of puzzle-platformers or not, needs to dive into this. With any luck, Hue will become an instant indie classic.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2016

I have to give it to Fiddlesticks Games. They have made a tight playing platformer with some pretty good puzzles using one simple mechanic. While most puzzles never had me stuck, they most certainly had me scratching my head a few times.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 11, 2016

In the end, Hue is easily one of the best additions to the genre in a very long time. Whereas many games struggle to bring their own personality to the platforming puzzle genre, Hue effortlessly succeeds with an interesting concept complemented by a fitting and lovely art style, asking deep philosophical questions through incredibly well-written and superbly voiced narration that brings about some motherly traits.

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Bit Cultures
90%
90%
Sep 13, 2016

Hue is a deceptively simple game, near guaranteed to draw you in to its world. The game's levels develop in complexity as you progress and by the latter stages of the game, they can be fiendishly complex. At the same time, it's also a meditative experience with its beautifully drawn world and soundtrack. Hue is a game well worth your time.

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Real Game Media
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2016

Hue is a fantastic, charming, brilliantly designed game that all gamers can enjoy. The puzzles are challenging but not to the point where you want to quit in frustration. The unique blend of colors and puzzle solving make Hue a must play indie title. There's also a color blind mode available!

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2016

A very creative, if simply presented, puzzle platformer that gets every aspect spot on and doesn't outstay its welcome.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2016

Hue came out of almost nowhere and shocked me with its sublime design. While it might seem like Limbo at first, the game is able to establish itself on its own fairly quickly and create a distinct and memorable experience. Fans of puzzle platformers will find a lot to enjoy in this game, as well as those who just want a new and fresh indie title to play.

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Slant Magazine
Sep 23, 2016

In a world of all-too similar platformers, Hue is a literal palette cleanser.... We may never be sure that we're seeing the same blue, but it's hard to imagine anyone not being entertained by Hue.

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2019

All in all, if you're the type that loves short games with a compelling story and a memorable gameplay experience, then Hue is definitely a title you should take into consideration.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 7, 2017

This was a very entertaining game that I'm happy I got a chance to write my Hue review. The color changing mechanic might not be completely original, but the way it is presented and executed in Hue makes is certainly different. The game is a bit on the short side since you can finish it in 4-6 hours with another hour or two at most for collecting the beakers. I highly recommend that you play this one either on PS4 or PS Vita so that you can enjoy it at home or on the go, especially since it supports cross-save between both versions.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2016

Fiddlesticks' Hue is a beautiful puzzle-platformer that questions reality and perception. While often a little too easy, it's still a clever and rewarding trip.

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Pure Playstation
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2016

Hue may have fallen slightly apart at the end but it is a delightful puzzle platformer you should try out. The story, even if told in exposition, kept me interested and I really wanted to solve the mystery of the mother's disappearance. The plot was further enhanced by the music and art. Everything technical wise was astounding in this game. The notes, the colors, the art design, the style, you name it. This game is simply beautiful. The puzzles themselves were even enjoyable because they were a good type of challenging (until the end anyway.) As far as puzzlers go this is one great entry into the genre.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2016

It was hard not to immediately draw comparisons to Limbo when I started off in control of a young boy named Hue, who lived in a monochromatic world who basically starts off the game with the ability to jump around with little context as to who he is or why he is there. The Limbo comparison one is meant with only the best intentions, as that was a game I absolutely loved when I first played it.

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Next Gen Base
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2016

Hue is a very fun platformer puzzle game that draws you in, especially with its simple melody playing throughout. The graphic style is very simple but engaging enough to keep you entertained and there are several interactions which I also found amusing. However I have found very little replay value which is a shame. There are collectibles as I mentioned for the completionists but the game offers nothing new on a second playthrough. This being said, Hue is a wonderful little title that I will remember due to its simplistic style and incredible attention to detail.

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IGN Italy
8.4 / 10.0
IGN Italy
La redazione

Top Critic

8.4 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2016

A fun, challenging, original and well constructed puzzle/platform game.

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COGconnected
82 / 100
82 / 100
Aug 29, 2016

What's especially impressive about Hue – outside of its smart puzzle design and interesting take on colour as a tool – is that it doesn't discriminate.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2019

I was pleasantly surprised by Hue. Having played numerous other puzzle/platformer titles in the same vein, Fiddlesticks had some pretty big shoes to fill. But it has done a wonderful job; Hue fits right alongside the big names like Limbo or Braid, and its colourful twist on the formula helps it stand out from the crowd.

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MSPoweruser
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2019

Hue is a short and sweet puzzling adventure. Each puzzle provides a challenge that both builds on previous puzzles as well as providing something new for the player to solve, all the while being aesthetically pleasing on the eyes. It runs fantastically on Switch, but the port is somewhat bare bones. It's still a solid puzzle platformer; great fun for anyone who has a few hours spare.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 24, 2019

If the beginning is entirely mired in a dull and monotonous ambiance, the game advances into a visually stimulating territory as the puzzles become more challenging, along with a soundtrack that matches the events in each and every moment. If anything, Hue needs a greater length, so that players could appreciate its artistic qualities for longer.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 2, 2016

A charming puzzle platformer, Hue's colourful aesthetic and thoughtful tone make for an enjoyable, if slight, adventure that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2016

Even though Hue looks very bland, its elegant puzzle craftsmanship proves once again that you most certainly cannot judge a game by its graphics. I can't imagine how painstaking it was for this team to perfectly balance the growing difficulty with the puzzles, building upon each puzzle learned and amping it up just a smidge. No room was above and beyond more difficult than the one prior; it was slow and steady growth, and one that will keep you glued to your controller until you finish it.

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Xbox Achievements
80%
80%
Aug 29, 2016

Hue is an attractive and appealing indie puzzle platformer with a smart gameplay hook. Yes, it looks and plays a little bit like Limbo, but Hue is very much its own thing. And it's great.

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Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2019

Hue is a wonderfully crafted puzzle platformer with an innovative take on how to make the puzzles of the games it is inspired by more interesting.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2016

A simple concept that is very well executed, Hue is a nice change of pace from the usual game releases.  The narrative is the provoking in the game play what surely stretch your mental muscles.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 29, 2016

Hue is a visually beautiful title that begins with dreary music, as the greyscale world hints at hiding a lot of dread. However, before too long, the haunting environments become a crescendo of colour. While the story is simple and not all that important to the overall scheme of things, it is the gameplay mechanic of changing the background colour to bypass obstacles, or make new landscapes and blocks appear, that is at the forefront of what Hue has to offer. Clever stage designs get progressively harder as more colours are unlocked, and they constantly keep Hue on his toes, as he has to discover new methods of approach to each new puzzle. If there is any game that needs to be checked out, please make it this one.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2016

Hue is a well-crafted, enjoyable experience. I don't usually like physics-based platformers, but the controls are simple and responsive enough that I never felt like a death was anyone's fault but my own. Its visuals are sparse but clean, and the puzzles gave my brain a workout. It's a little brief, clocking in at four to six hours, but that just means it doesn't overstay its welcome, and it left me wanting more.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 29, 2016

Hue is a charming indie puzzle platformer that presents a very unique mechanic and makes it central to the game's progression. Its fantastic visuals, refined gameplay mechanics and intriguing story are truly a delight to experience. This should be more than pleasing to those who enjoy the genre or are just looking for a new gaming experience with a good story.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 29, 2016

Hue is a unique platforming experience that marries a charming art style with an original gameplay mechanic that differentiates it from most other platformers. Focus is required to make it through the interesting puzzles, and without this you are bound to be punished which can be frustrating.

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Hey Poor Player
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 30, 2016

The minimalism at work in every aspect of Hue comes together nicely into a creative, oft-challenging little platformer worth the time of just about any indie game nut or artistically-minded soul. It's not noticeably long, but gets nice and creative with the palette it sets to work with.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 30, 2016

A colourful new puzzle idea used to its full potential in terms of gameplay and, surprisingly, storytelling.

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High-Def Digest
Aug 29, 2016

While the narrative falls a bit flat, 'Hue' succeeds at being both a puzzle game and a platformer. Most puzzle platformers only test my brain, but my reflexes also received a workout here. It impressively walks a tight line between being difficult, yet never left me feeling frustrated. Fiddlesticks have masterfully designed a game that dangled a carrot in front of me until its story ended.

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TrueAchievements
Aug 30, 2016

While there are a few minor nitpicks here and there, Hue is an easy game to recommend. There's nothing world-changing on offer here, but the warm and vibrant colours in combination with an intriguing narrative and satisfying puzzles make it a pleasant experience to play. Throw in the easy completion and it's the perfect game to play through on a lazy day or across a weekend.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Aug 29, 2016

While definitely drawing inspiration from other games, Hue really shines bright as an example of a puzzle platformer done right.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2016

In sum, Hue presents an accessible, familiar, yet unique-enough experience that is absolutely worth checking out if you're a fan of this genre. I would even suggest that if you got burned out by similar games that got too hard too fast to give Hue a chance.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 13, 2016

Hue is a very special experience. Imagine taking some of the best bits of Braid and Thomas Was Alone and intertwining them into an equally amazing package and you get Hue. Hue deserves everyone's attention and it also deserves a collector's edition release.

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Guardian
Sep 2, 2016

The basic principle – a boy must collect different colours in order to change the background of his 2D world – might sound dry, but there's beauty in Hue's execution

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Digital Spy
Aug 31, 2016

The unique colour wheel gameplay mechanic makes for an interesting twist on the classic 2D platformer too, while Hue's clever level design constantly keeps you on your toes.

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GameWatcher
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2016

Hue is a great indie puzzle platformer with charm and character. It's color themed mechanics work well and allow for some great puzzle platforming.

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Game Rant
Sep 17, 2016

Hue easily sets itself apart from its indie platformer peers, with a well-crafted world, pitch perfect art and sound design, and taxing gameplay with an excellent learning curve.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2016

Hue may be a short experience, but it is a very fun one. The color-changing mechanic is handled quite nicely and adds a little something to the basic block-and-switch puzzle the game uses most of the time. The puzzles don't get complicated until you're much closer to the end of the game, but they never feel frustrating enough that you'll be forced to quit. The story is fine, but it is the presentation that players will find quite charming. For puzzle platforming fans who want something that's fun but not too involved, Hue is worth checking out.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.5 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Andrew Borck
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2018

An original take on the puzzle-platformer, Hue is a blast, and will keep you engaged until the last room is cleared.

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Video Chums
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2016

Overall, Hue succeeds both as a cleverly crafted platformer and an emotional piece of story-telling.

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Pure Nintendo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2019

Overall, if you are looking for a nice tale to dip your toes into and finish in one sitting, this game is for you. If you are looking for a game that you will delve into for a long while, well, you won't find that here. The game offers an indulging story of a mother's disappearance, but with a splash of color. It's gorgeous art style and meaningful mechanics make this game a worthwhile addition to all Switch libraries; that is, once a sale happens or more content is added.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 29, 2016

Despite a lackluster story that doesn't stand out until it's too late, the color-changing gameplay provides a considerable amount of enjoyably unique puzzle and platforming sections for fans of the genre, with simplistic enough controls for players of all skill levels to experience.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2016

It's a slow starter, but give it a chance and Hue blossoms into a stunning, fun, yet challenging puzzle game with some quick platforming to break it up.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 29, 2016

Hue is a puzzle game rarity. It manages to be both fun and challenging, meaning it confidently accommodates the hardcore puzzle fans as well as those that are usually completely hopeless. The colour wheel mechanic gives the game a unique angle, while the level and puzzle design is incredibly clever with puzzles never becoming stale or repetitive. Fiddlesticks' charming puzzle platformer has coloured us impressed.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2016

A polished puzzler, built on a great mechanic that is utilised in impressive and enjoyable ways.

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Stevivor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2016

The early pace of Hue was leading me to disappointment, but the stellar second act was more than enough reward for that labour. Hue delivers a polished package and a strong platform puzzle game, it isn't a Braid or Limbo but merely evoking those names can be taken as a sign of quality that Hue most certainly possesses.

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NintendoWorldReport
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

Even though Hue struggles to hold up as a puzzle game due to its simple but tedious tasks, I can't bring myself to say I really hated the experience. The game commits so fully to its art style with strong, screen-filling colors that pop against each other that I wanted to keep playing to see more of it. I do wish that this art style had been applied to a game that's less frustrating overall, but despite the disappointing puzzles I'm still pretty happy with the time I spent in Hue's bright, bold environment.

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Game Debate
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2016

With tougher, longer puzzles and a proper storyline (or no story at all, for that matter), Hue could perhaps have clawed itself a couple more marks. As it is, it's a passable puzzler that is priced according to its length and may serve as a light snack for puzzle and platform fans, but nothing more.

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Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 6, 2019

Hue is an interesting title. It's unique and striking, but it always feels just a hair's breadth away from true brilliance. The few moments of exasperation after finding your way out of a confusing situation are some of the best a game of this type could possibly have, but they happen so rarely throughout the four-or-so hour running time that their impact is dulled. Hue could have been something more, but what's here is engaging enough if you're gasping for an inventive indie puzzler.

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Impulsegamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jun 13, 2019

Hue is a simple yet satisfying 2D puzzle platform with a unique colour-switching mechanic.

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Fintendo
Jun 19, 2019

"Color me interested?"

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IBTimes UK
Sep 19, 2016

Like so many indie platformers before it, Hue takes a great core concept and turns it into an admirably inventive game buoyed by some vivid design, a genteel story and a lovely score. That core concept doesn't stretch quite as far as the developers would like to think, but if you like puzzle platforming then Hue is a game that you should certainly pick up.

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Game Revolution
Aug 30, 2016

Setting aside the score and art style, you're left with a very basic platformer. While the color shifting concept is simple enough and I can appreciate the developers doing something differently, it just isn't enough to make this a memorable journey that you'll want to revisit, especially since most of the game is just breadcrumbing you along with no real thought or skills needed.

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FourFaceButtons
23 / 100
23 / 100
May 21, 2018
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