Horace on Nintendo Switch is a masterpiece from Paul Helman and Sean Scapelhorn is a classic platformer that tells an emotional and surprisingly rich tale of self-discovery peppered with nostalgic popular culture references that will bring a smile to any gamer who enjoys the 8 and 16-bit era!
Made by just two people, Horace offers over 15 hours of exciting platforming and pushes the boundaries of the genre with profound storytelling and quirky and nostalgic pop culture references! A game made by videogame lovers for videogame lovers!
Horace Nintendo Switch Review
Adventure through hours and hours of varied gameplay. Overcome 2D platforming challenges with a unique twist, unlock new Metroidvania inspired robot abilities, enjoy plenty of retro-inspired mini-games and reunite Horace with his family. I don’t want to go to much into the story, as it’ll spoil the experience, and its a good effing story.
The gameplay is that of a platformer, but with the added weight of Horace. He feels heavy when jumping and falling, behaving how I’d expect a robot to behave. The level designs are very unique and evolve as Horace gains new abilities.
The beginning levels are built to explain the story, characters and abilities. As you go through, the levels expand and become more Metroidvania. There are secret rooms, collectables and millions of things for Horace to clean. A lot of the gameplay is run and jump, with dying bringing you back to the beginning of the level. You can add abilities to give you second chances, but the game will increase it’s difficultly. There are a lot of mini-games too, making this a very weird mix of game styles.
This is a very story-driven game and can become a bit of slog between levels. A fun story was that I stopped playing this after 5 mins as the dialogue just kept going. But if you can get passed that, this is an exceptional game to play.
Overall, Horace on Nintendo Switch is the realised dream of two developers working for ten years. It’s a treasure of gameplay and story. Finally, check out our site for other reviews. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Jabba Reviews team on Facebook or Twitter.