Have You Played… Gorogoa?

Storytime

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

When was the last time you moved beautifully drawn tiles around to unfurl a charming interactive story world? Be honest with me. I won’t judge you.

Oh who am I kidding? I’m judging you incredibly harshly. To stop this from happening/worsening I’m going to prescribe Jason Roberts’ illustration puzzler, Gorogoa. The full game is still a work in progress but there’s a delightful demo on the website which you can and should play.

You must guide a little boy around a puzzle world as he investigates a mysterious dragon, prancing through the street near his window. In order to do so you move the picture tiles around, sometimes deconstructing them to form layers, sometimes recombining them to produce new pathways.

For me the discovery stage was uplifting but then I eded up playing it through over and over. It ended up being a soothing bedtime story-like experience which I tried to memorise in order to know the game’s every beat and therefore minimise any breaks in story flow. I still come back to it sometimes when I can’t sleep.

6 Comments

  1. Iscannon says:

    Thanks for reminding me, I’ve been meaning to take a look at the demo. Great concept

  2. Noodlemonk says:

    It took me forever to give the demo a try. For some reason I had grown afraid of trying it, perhaps because of all the “clever” buzzing about it around Gamasutra at the time. I was afraid it was oh so clever I would never “get it”.

    I finally gave it a try about a year ago, and what an absolutely amazing experience! It’s so wonderful graphics and interaction wise – the journey so fluid and psychedelic. I can’t wait to try the final thing.

  3. Caelyn Ellis says:

    Why did you remind of the existence of this game before the final version was released? That’s just mean, Philippa! You’re off my Christmas card list now.

  4. mrrruczit says:

    It’s AWSOME, I love it so much, thank you RPS <3

  5. charmed23 says:

    I have been so anxiously waiting for the full release.

    Absolutely loved the demo, but it’s been 2 years since the demo came out.
    I’m so willing to well support a Kickstarter for this game!