Heave Ho Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make long chains to get across wide gaps. Or you can let go at just the right time to throw each other where you need to be.

There are co-operative, competitive and single player modes to play with up to four players. You can customize your character with all manner of stylish accessories and zany accouterment in a vain attempt to remember who you are and which of your hands is the only thing between you and the plummet of doom.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @LeCartelStudio

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete. The multiplayer rounds last from 10-30 minutes depending on how good you are as a team. As time passes the game introduces a variety of helpful ways to assist your progress.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Along with the co-operative place, a recent updated added competitive modes where teams of players compete to finish each level while sabotaging each other.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

AccessibilityAccessibility

An assistance mode gives you bigger hands to make it easier to grab things. If you take a long time to complete a level the game provides items that help you on your way.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.

Assistance

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

No Reading: No reading is required.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Colour adjustments: Adjust colours of characters or game elements for greater visibility

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

Communication

How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Preset Chat: Communicate with other players with word-less icons, sounds or preset phrases.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators... read more about system accessibility settings.

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