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Otteretto Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Otteretto is a puzzle game where you match blocks to make palindromes. Rather than the usual match-three format, instead you have to find patterns that mirror in the middle, like a palindrome but with colours/shapes rather than letters.

Play involves using the mouse to highlight a series of blocks in the well. Your aim is to create long strings of colours that form the aforementioned palindromes. This starts simply, but soon leads to strategic selection of shorter palindromes (sometimes just a single block) to setup longer strings.

There are different modes. Classic challenges you to achieve a particular score with a limited number of blocks, to be able to move on to the next level. Daily Stack is a global competition where you try and score more points from the shared starting point that day. The puzzles are hand crafted sets of blocks that require you to find a single, massive palindrome. Containment challenges you to avoid the well filling up by finding long palindromes as more squares are added every move. Walls challenges you to find palindromes around each level's impassable walls.

The result is an unusual and elegant puzzle challenge. The daily challenge and other modes extend the play of this highly polished game that innovates what was quite a tired genre.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/01/2022

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and Web

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: CS Klimowski (@CSKlimowski)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game.
 

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

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The simple puzzle works well for really young players. It's also an interesting way to introduce the concept of palindromes without being bogged down with letters and spelling.

CostsCosts

Otteretto usually costs £0 to £3.99. 

Otteretto

Web Free
Steam Store PC £3.99
Steam Store Mac £3.99
 
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. You can play the classic mode for free on the web version.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Otteretto Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:
You can undo your previous go, but you can't rewind more than one go.

If you fail a level, the game offers some suggestions on how to do better next time. Once the level has become impossible to complete, it also suggests that you restart.

The game doesn't require much reading. The majority of text is large including menus. However, the mode description and achievements are quite small. You have a score in the game which is a small number, but is also indicated by a tall meter that is more visible.

The game outlines tiles that are selected and makes a sound. When you have a valid palindrome a different sound is made and the chain flashes and brightens. From the start you can select a set of colourblind friendly tiles with different symbols for each colour. You can also unlock other options like letters and the like.

You can play the game with just a mouse or touchpad and only require one button. This button does need to be held down.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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