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Video GameHarmony's Odyssey Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Harmony's Odyssey is a puzzle game where you solve mixed up mythical dioramas full of riddles, creatures and magic. Play is simply a matter of selecting and moving the sliding pieces, but there are clever clues in the fantasy world to see how they fit together. It stands out both for the whimsical settings that grow as you progress and for the super simple puzzle action - not least the fantastic spot the difference mini-games.

It's a whole collection of puzzles that takes on you an adventurous odyssey through mythical lands. As you progress the rearranging is combined with new mechanics and interactive features. This includes abilities like a magic wand to suggest your next move. Or there's the ability to slide groups of tiles together. Although they are essentially puzzles to solve, each scene is a diverse, unique miniature universe of its own.

Along the way you also piece together the various mysteries. You meet a wide cast of curious creatures who not only bring the scenes to life, but offer clues of how to solve them or have specific tasks for you to complete. On occasion there are some fun mini-games like spot-the-difference.

The result is an approachable puzzle game with a surprisingly amount of narrative and depth. With over 100 puzzles to solve there's plenty to keep you occupied. Best of all is how these scenes combine in the eight different biomes to sketch a story of what fantasy life is like in each of them.

Out on Switch and PC first then Xbox and PlayStation at a later date.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/10/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Sequencing

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Mythic Owl Games (@MythicOwlGames)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 4 hours and 5 hours to play a round of this game. How long the game takes depends on the difficulty setting. There's also an arcade score-chase level.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game. There are some two-player mini-games.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although very young players can cope with the smaller puzzles, as they progress they get more complex even on the lower difficulty.

CostsCosts

Harmony's Odyssey usually costs £11.39 to £13.49.
 

Harmony's Odyssey

Steam Store PC £11.39
Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store Mac £11.39
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Harmony's Odyssey Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:
The game offers difficulty settings that can start you off with some of the puzzles solved. This also makes the mini games easier and provides more chances before you fail.

The game provides cursor selection when using a mouse, but on gamepad you navigate the tiles digitally by moving tile-to-tile. Although on more complex puzzles the pieces are smaller, you can zoom in to see more clearly. As you select a piece it glows to show it can be interacted with, once it's in the right place the outline disappears and makes a distinct sound.

There are some quite small words on the menu screen, but this are accompanied by large icons for each option.

You have to hold a button to highlight the tiles that are in the correct location.

Although there is some time pressure in the mini-games, the main puzzles have no time pressure. The game saves progress when each puzzle is completed, but you can't save mid-puzzle and potentially could lose (maximum) of 20 minutes work on more complex challenges.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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