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Game Information

Available on:PCJul 18, 2019

Developers: Sean Scaplehorn, Paul Helman

Publisher: 505 Games

Genres: Action, Adventure

Eccentric British humour blended with a cinematic narrative that has never been seen before in a platform adventure game! Horace is a story-driven, platform game peppered with nostalgic, popular culture references which will bring a smile to any gamer who enjoys the 8 and 16 bit era. Learn how to master your strongest robot abilities and reunite Horace with his long-lost family. Adventure across the world - and time and space - to save mankind from total destruction. Run and jump your way through a comical but touching story told by the charming robot protagonist and use your wits to overcome classic 2D platforming challenges, all whilst cleaning up the mess left behind from the Robot War! Experience tons of variety along the way with parodies of classic mini games ranging from rhythm action to FPS. Adventure through the charming single player narrative. Laugh, cry and cheer! Watch this touching story unfold. Explore stunning 2D pixel worlds. Inspired by the ‘golden age’ of UK software development with hidden surprises to be found. Meet dozens of weird and wonderful characters. Bond with every character you meet and find Horace’s family. Challenging platforming based puzzles. Gain new abilities on your adventure and defy the laws of physics to overcome all obstacles. Defeat those that stand in your way in tough boss battles. Hone your skills and take on 12 thrilling and difficult boss battles! Revisit arcade classics from the 90s! Play over 10 mini games, each a witty parody of a classic arcade game and become the ultimate video games champion!

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Horace Launch Trailer - Out Now on Steam! [ESRB]

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Horace Announcement Trailer - Coming July 18 2019

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Steve C
9 / 10

Horace is one of the most pleasant gaming surprises in years. I'm clearly a key part of its target demographic, having lived through the 1980s and early 90s that so heavily influenced it, but my enjoyment and engagement went past such an identification. I was completely absorbed throughout, and fully intend to return to collect the remaining pieces of junk. It may not be as immediately impressive as the latest AAA blockbuster, but Horace is essential for fans of retro games or hard platformers and a real contender for Indie Game of the Year.

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Horace is a charming homage to an era of gaming and culture that’s rapidly fading into the sunset, yet it never rests of the nostalgia factor to keep the player engaged.

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The Digital Fix

James Eckhoff
8 / 10.0
The Digital Fix

Technical difficulties aside, Horace is an endearing, nostalgic, platforming masterpiece. Even after having to start fresh at one point, I could not wait to jump right back in and play more. Which is pretty telling considering that, at its heart, this is a game about a robot cleaning up garbage. Once properly patched up to correct the minor technical issues, this game would whole-heartedly be a 10 out of 10 for this writer.

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While Horace himself might not be the most emotionally intelligent protagonist, the same cannot be said for his namesake game.

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