First-Person Pogoer: Pongo Is Out

The most popular FPS of 2037 will be a fingerguns RPG hybrid where characters’ adherence to the kayfabe of imaginary Uzis, grenades, pump-action shotguns and headshots depends on your relationship with them. We can’t predict the direction the genre will go on, which weird addition or experiment will catch on then be repeated and iterated upon for years, compounding with other oddities to make something bizarre.

For now, in 2015, perhaps the answer is a pogo stick. That’s what Pongo [official site] went for. It’s out now, so you can judge for yourself whether it’s a vision of things to come.

Pongo’s an single-player first-person shoot-o-platformer where you have a pogo stick. There’s probably a good reason for that. On it, you’ll super-bounce around floating islands, zapping enemies and solving puzzles. Pongo did have a demo when it initially launched at the end of April, but that’s vanished now the game has arrived on Steam. That’s both a shame and a mistake.

It’s also a shame that it’s so unattractive – I often dig untextured low-poly art styles, but they need to be backed by strong art direction. See Lovely Planet, which looks similar in ways but much better.

Anywho, if you’re curious, Pongo is on Steam for Windows at £5.59.

8 Comments

  1. rustybroomhandle says:

    Sure is a different way to stick it to the bad guys.

    • NukeWithG says:

      I just hopes the devs won’t bounce back and forth with the mechanics.

  2. tangoliber says:

    It looks fun, and I like the aesthetic. However, I feel a little uncomfortable about how similar it looks mechanically to Lovely Planet…If it came out in 5 years, it might be a spiritual successor, but at this point, it looks like a clone. Hoping the devs are brothers or something.

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      Phasma Felis says:

      I haven’t played either, but at a glance it seems like Pongo is clearly an “inspired by” but the pogo-stick mechanic adds enough to differentiate it. I do think there’s a big difference between cloning and iterating on someone else’s ideas.

  3. Wrathbone says:

    I’ll be boing this tonight…

  4. Jamesac68 says:

    No comment on Pongo’s Kickstarter still being live, albeit unsuccsseful?

    link to kickstarter.com

  5. pmcp says:

    The trailer reminded me of this rather awesome sort film:
    [youtube link to youtube.com

  6. GepardenK says:

    As a big fan of the hyper realistic pogo-simulations that is the Commander Keen games, this is a must buy! Thank you Alice for the heads up