Publisher: Square Enix Collective
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Reviewed on: PC
Acquired: * A copy of this game was provided from publisher for review purpose*
Earlier this month I wrote an article about Octahedron, a psychadelic puzzle platformer. Little did I know then, that I would have the opportunity to review it as well. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into and my comment to the editor was “This will be an easy review, I doubt it is a very large game.” Boy, was I wrong…
The graphics in Octahedron is actually very nice! I mean, it looks like it was made in the early 90’s, but it’s supposed to look that way. The way they use colors and pulsations in the beat of the music, the small details that you don’t even notice if you are not looking for them and the whole retro-atmosphere but in clear, vivid colors makes this a truly enjoyable experience. I can not think of a single thing I would have changed in the graphics and I will only salute the developers for staying true to the style of the game the entire way through.
I also have to mention that the music in the game is very addictive. This chilled-out trance/lounge music fits perfectly and doesn’t get on your nerves. It’s very nice to actually have music in a game like this that doesn’t annoy you 30 minutes into the game.
The gameplay is very easy to learn and very hard to master. In Octahedron you have platforms you can create while jumping to get around, to find safe-spots to recharge the ability to summon platforms again. It sounds quite easy, and it is, but as you progress into the game it gets quite hard! Finishing the level is easy enough, but collecting all the things spread out during the levels is not as easy as it might sound…
It is not “rage quit” hard, but I bet you will curse when you miss the platform you aimed for and end up falling all the way down to the start of the level. Challenging is probably a better way of describing it, and it’s a good thing. The puzzle element is present in every level of the game!
The controls… I will have to split this into two, because I struggled in the beginning. A LOT. First I tried playing this game using only the keyboard and to be honest, that wasn’t a very pleasant experience. Some games can not be played properly on a keyboard and this is one of those games. It’s perfectly doable, but not very enjoyable.
When I took out my gamepad though, things changed. It didn’t feel unresponsive and clunky anymore and suddenly I could actually enjoy the game without being annoyed with stupid things that I encountered using the keyboard. There are still flaws and annoying bits where you think you should have been able to pup a platform, but you don’t, but it is SO much better with a controller.
The feel is still very retro, but it is responsive enough and the key mapping on the controller is logical and intuitive, and should you not like it you can always change it in the setting.
Every single level has objects to collect and you will probably have to replay some of the levels to be able to progress, and it is still enjoyable. I would say that the replay value of this game is quite high. I will probably go back and try to perfect the levels I did poorly on, just to have them perfected.
This psychedelic platformer got some fresh new features and with the simple but beautiful graphics and chill electronic music, it is a game I will return to over and over again. If you enjoy retro-style platformers, then this will probably give you many hours of joy! If you don’t, then I guess you would not consider buying it in the first place.
Total Score: 8/10
“Maybe not a must buy, but this is a game with high quality and will give platform lovers countless hours of joy!”