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Horace Review

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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: Wesley Williams and @GeekDadGamer.


Horace is a platform adventure full of nostalgic pop-culture references and British humour. You run and jump through a funny and heartfelt story told by Horace, the game's charming robot protagonist. Adopted by a wealthy family for reasons unknown, Horace simply wants to find his place in the world. Things don't quite go to plan though and the family end up scattered to the wind, which leads Horace out from the confines of the family mansion to adventure across the world (and time and space).

As you progresses, you gain access to upgrades and powers. Gravity boots that allow you to walk on walls and ceilings. Atlas gloves that enable you to throw objects and many more powers. These, along with regular checkpoints, help with the challenging jumps and puzzle solving. If you do die you can restart quickly and have infinite lives.

The running and jumping is interspersed with different mini-games drawn from video games of years gone by. You can expect to try your hand at variations of classics like Pong, Space Invaders and Outrun, among many others. This is a game that is bursting at the seams with content, but one that blends it together expertly.

Horace is a uniquely British game with old school appeal that harkens back to platform classics found on the Super Nintendo or Amiga, but whether you lived through that period or not, the gameplay alone will keep you challenged and entertained.

DetailsGame Details


Release Date: 18/07/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Developer: @HoraceDev



Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 21 and a half hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12+ for Mild Swearing

ESRB TEEN for ESRB Drug Reference, Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Blood, Use of Tobacco


Accessibility for this game is as follows:


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

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.


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

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.


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.


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

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

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.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Wesley Williams

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