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Available on:PlayStation 4Nov 3, 2015
Wii UAug 18, 2016
PCNov 3, 2015
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Delve Interactive

Genre: Platformer

A Platformer like nothing seen before in games, explore this open-world puzzler in multiple dimensions on a journey to find your maker. Poncho is a new kind of game where the player navigates by switching between 3 "layers" in 3D in order to explore a 2D world. "Poncho" is a robot who wakes up in a post-post-post apocalypse world, where humanity has been wiped from the face of the earth many centuries ago but have left their robotic creations behind. The only thing the little robot has to remember his father is the poncho he used to wear, which he takes up himself, thus, his name. Poncho is a game about the feeling of being lost in the woods, trying to find your way home. And behind every rock and tree, there is a discovery waiting to be found.

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Ultimately I'm left at a little bit of a loss with Poncho. It's a great concept, and when it's working it's a great inventive challenge, but when it goes downhill, it put a huge damper on my experience as a whole. I wanted to like it, but it was tough given some of the rough puzzle and level designs on show.

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Still, this beautiful wrapper isn't enough to cover up Poncho's fundamental flaws. It's a lovely experiment and although it works well in some parts, an overall sense of cohesion is missing. Being able to move along the z-axis is a clever feature yet Poncho uses this as a crutch, failing to flesh out other essential areas of the game. In short, there's certainly something special here yet, sadly, only a minority will succeed in finding it.

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Poncho is memorable with its lush pixel art and catchy music but also for its frustrating level design relying on a single infuriating mechanic.

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Poncho is a fun but sometimes ponderous platform puzzler, with an impressive core mechanic and fun visuals that are slightly let down by moments of frustrating gameplay.

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