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Video GameHyperbolica Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Hyperbolica is a traversal game where the whole world bends the laws of physics. As you move around, everything seems to shift and fold in on itself as you discover space doesn't work like it does in the real world. It's a game created in non-Euclidean terrain, which in layman's terms means it bends your mind as you are forced to reevaluate your ability to do even the simplest tasks like get from A to B.

The land of Hyperbolica, as its name suggests, is a place that doesn't follow conventional geometric rules and instead seems to bend and distort perspective. Navigation at first seems almost impossible, as objects shrink and grow in seemingly indecipherable ways but as you acquaint yourself with the mechanics that define the world, you grow in confidence.

Spend enough time here and you find you can more easily move through the world and even explore some of the experiences on offer. This leads to interacting with characters and objects you find. You eventually earn a map, which helps you locate and get to points of interest.

While it's light on story, the strange and unique geometry results in a game that challenges the way you are used to seeing, interacting and moving through the world. Like Edwin Abbott Abbott's Flatland, it's a chance to imagine a world where dimensions and geography are completely different from our own. Unable to reliably interpret what you see of the world leads you to lean on other ways to perceive the environment and critically assess the information you think your eyes provide.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/03/2022, updated in 2022

Price: 35% off

Platforms: Mac, Oculus and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game and Traversal

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Code Parade (@_CodeParade_)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 4 hours to complete. The game has very little in the way of story, instead allowing you to explore the strange world as you wish, and to experience everything will take about 4 hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. As the main gameplay simply involves traversal, all you need to do is move around. But to be able to get where you want to go requires the skill and thinking of an older player.

CostsCosts

Hyperbolica usually costs £13.49. 

Hyperbolica

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Hyperbolica Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
Players can experience extreme motion sickness, even from looking at the game for only a few minutes, or even seconds in some cases, is a problem for many potential players, as the world shifts and distorts in front of your eyes. Objects seem to grow and shrink rapidly as you move, and even turning 90 degrees can be difficult for some, so navigation can also be very challenging.

Motion controls are only available when playing with a virtual reality headset.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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