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Not Not, A Brain-Buster Review

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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: @boersc and @GeekDadGamer.


Not Not is a puzzle game about following simple instructions in limited time. All you have to do is read the instructions and then direct your character in one of four directions. It sounds simple but the instructions get increasingly convoluted and tricky. You have to quickly figure out the logic of the instructions before time runs out.

In order to decide which direction is correct you have to quickly deduce logical statements. The variations of the logical statements become increasingly complex, while time is ticking down fast.

Not Not has a simplistic but very effective graphical style, with a character on a square and four directions to go. At a later stage, color-dependant instructions are added for extra complexity. The game has several difficulty levels and even an online Multiplayer Versus mode and an endless Challenge mode where you can aim for the high score.

DetailsGame Details


Release Date: 20/04/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @QubicGames


Duration: It takes between 1 minute and 2 minutes to play a round of this game. Completion is very dependant on player skill and thanks to the online component, replay-ability is high. Due to the difficulty increase, very few people have been able to complete the game.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online. Multiplayer mode only available on Nintendo Switch.


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

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


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.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.


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

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer

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