Gnah! Is A Puzzle Game About Escaping From Heads

By Graham Smith on March 24th, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

Hey, it's me! Or maybe John. Or really 90% of game journalists.

Gnah! is a puzzle game about the inside of heads. If it were set inside my head, currently all you’d find would be a picture of a dog dressed as a unicorn, and fresh memories of the Seven Of Nine episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. Alas, it actually takes place inside heads rendered by crisp, graphic illustrations, and is about unlocking progress by alternately poking at each head’s eyeballs and flicking its internal light switches.

Yeah, I don’t really understand it fully, but a short teaser trailer and more screenshots await inside.

From digging through this thread about the game (“investigative journalism”) I’ve discovered that the game is about helping that little guy in the trailer escape a series of heads he’s trapped inside. Each head is called a Gnah, and inside it you might find homely rooms with couches or strange, disconnected spaces full of machinery. In the more complicated heads, you need to rotate parts of the building and solve puzzles to unlock the full space, and eventually enable the little guy to flee.

One level is a rabbit head. Another level is a synthesizer. It’s still a bit confusing.

I also lied to you. I don’t have any screenshots, only GIFs. I am GIFfing RPS up, let me tell you. You can’t keep a GIF peddler down.

Perhaps the reason the art looks so swell is that it’s being initially designed as 2D illustrations, before a 3D modeller turns them into level geometry. Illustrations like this:

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  1. bill says:

    Please stop with all the bloody gifs. They are annoying and distracting, and downloading 5Mb of files just to read an article is dumb. More so on a mobile device.

    • msing says:

      I love GIFs :(

    • rikvanoostende says:

      Agreed. It causes my browser to gnah.

    • vatara says:

      May I suggest Gfycat as an improvment to gifs: http://www.gfycat.com/OddballFlamboyantEastrussiancoursinghounds ?

    • Raztaman says:

      Boohoo. Wait until you’re on your PC.

    • Keyrock says:

      I’m firmly in the pro-gif camp. I want… Nay, I demand more gifs.

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        Malcolm says:

        While I find the actual moving images quite appealing, the technical part of my brain is screaming at the inefficiency of the format. Don’t all modern browsers support h264 video natively now anyway?

    • SominiTheCommenter says:

      This.

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      SuddenSight says:

      Personally, I like the GIFs.

      However, I also like reading the site on my mobile devices, which locks up at the site of anything GIF-like. Ideally I would like to see some kind of options thing – maybe disable them on the mobile site? Or make it a preferences thing? Or make the GIFs click-to-load?

      I can think of a number of ways to fix the situation, but they would all require some changes to the website.

      • Geebs says:

        Graham is clearly being employed by Apple to make your ph/ablet seem underpowered and implant a subconscious desire for a new one.

        Also – this looks lovely, please do follow it up.

    • Chalky says:

      It’s a fair point. Although the gifs add to an article like this, there’s a youtube embed right there for people who want to see moving pictures and not everyone has the luxury of reading the article over an unmetered data connection.

    • mr.black says:

      I’d say do use gifs, but in moderation!