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Gorogoa Review
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Posted: 10 weeks ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Gorogoa is a puzzle game where you rearrange and resize tiles to make a singular picture. It appears to be simple, but to solve the puzzles you need to play close attention to how they interrelate. This Matryoshka Russian-Doll puzzle combines with beautiful hand-drawn artwork to tell an abstract story of loss, loneliness, spirituality and religion.

You play a young boy, seeking an encounter with a divine being. It is set in the 20th century, and explores the time around the World Wars and other conflicts. In the puzzles and scenes you see the slow rebuilding of life that occurred afterwards. You become an old man and are able to reflect on these events and how they shaped your life as you lived through them in your youth.

Each level is a 4 by 4 grid, where you are given 3 or 4 seemingly unconnected pictures. But by moving the pictures from one grid box to another, and resizing them so that they only feature a select part of the image, you find that they do in fact interrelate and create a single image that then comes to life, revealing new meaning and purpose not present in any single component image.

Its unique approach to storytelling and novel game mechanics, paired with its artistic imagery, make it a unique offering and make it stand out from other similar puzzle games.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/12/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Rebuscube (@Rebuscube)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Gorogoa usually costs £11.99. 

Gorogoa

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

While there aren't any difficulty settings, here the focus is on the story and thematic meaning, so the game rarely becomes difficult. You can progress through the levels at your own pace, taking as long as you want or need to complete each picture before moving on to the next.

There are no tutorials or text of any kind in the game, with it instead letting you figure things out on your own, making the first sections of the game potentially confusing if you are unsure of what to do.

While each individual tile is large, some key details in them can be quite small. Because all the information is conveyed visually, no sound is required to play the game, although the soundtrack adds to the atmosphere.
 
Our Gorogoa Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:

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