Horace

Rating Summary

Based on 22 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

86%

Critics Recommend

Based on 22 critic reviews
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Recommended
Oct 20, 2020

An inventive platformer with an unforgettable sense of style and wit.

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8 / 10
Oct 21, 2020

A labour of love that pays brilliantly inventive tribute to the platform genre and the 8 and 16-bit eras in general.

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TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

9 / 10
Aug 19, 2019

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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7.7 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2020

Horace is a piece of art: music, story, ideas and design of the robot are gorgeus, even if gameplay and controls lack in polishness and the entire experience is a bit too long. Be read to shed tears for Horace. It'll be worth it, expecially in this Nintendo Switch version.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2020

A genre shifting game packed full of charm and references, Horace is a robotic adventure that must be experienced to be believed.

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85 / 100
Oct 21, 2020

Horace is an incredible game that is packed to the brim with content and character. Although it’s steeped in nostalgia, it can hold its head high on its own merit as a great platform adventure title. With tight controls, varied gameplay, and a fantastic script, those who didn’t get to experience Horace before should definitely check it out on the Switch.

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80 / 100
Aug 3, 2019

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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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2020

These drawbacks aside, I can heartily recommend Horace to action-adventure lovers. You'll chuckle and shed a tear throughout your playtime while learning the techniques necessary to conquer the gravity manipulation-heavy platform sections. If you're an old soul like me, you'll also appreciate the many references to old-school gaming. Give this genre-defying title a chance if you want to experience something old and new at the same time.

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10 / 10
Oct 20, 2020

Horace is something very special — the only vaguely negative thing we can say about it is the fact that there are so many spectacularly brilliant indie games on Switch already vying for your attention that we fear Horace may fall somewhat by the wayside. If you have any interest in superb level design, excellent storytelling, terrific art, evocative music, great characters, hilarious situations and emotional gut-punches, Horace is a no-brainer. It's moving without being manipulative, clever without being smug, and nostalgic without being a lazy rehash.

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9.5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2020

Horace is a pitch-perfect puzzle platformer that expertly balances addictive gameplay with its moving tale of a robot trying to discover himself in a world that makes no sense. It knows why we love video games, and it confirms we're right to do so.

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