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Onomastica 2

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Bring words to life in the colourful and mysterious world of Linguistics.

Left Arrow Key (or A) - Move Left
Right Arrow Key (or D) - Move Right
Up Arrow Key (or W) - Jump

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This was enjoyable and cute, too bad it's too short.

The game is, in its essence, a simple platformer where certain platforms and objects are letters and words. You run quickly from the left to the right, jumping over platforms in a relatively fast speed, and you occasionally find an easy, yet endearing word puzzle to solve, involving moving letters around to open the way. Its simplicity and fast-pace, together with its simple, yet endearing, word concept, makes this a pretty sweet little short experience.

The one song played throughout the game is pretty fun to listen to, somewhat tribal-esque, and very pleasant. The graphics are simple, composed of sceneries that look like they were composed with colored paper collage, yet they somehow manage to be really stylish, I like them.

One thing that confused the hell out of me is how the game simply starts over right after you go through the final exit, which made me think I hadn't really finished it the first time around, and made me run through the whole (short) scenery again. This was really confusing, maybe just a "the end, play again?" screen would have made this clearer.

In accordance with the previous reviewers, this is a fantastic idea and has potential to become something magnificent, if it could be expanded upon.

Fantastic. But like the guy below me said, it doesn't much feel like a game. It's like you made this gorgeous world with a quirky and different mechanic and said, "Oooo, aren't you delighted by all these puzzle things made from words?" and I went, "Yeah, I'm totally delighted, I can't wait to see what you do with it!" and you go, "That was it! It's over! We hope you enjoyed the tour!" I feel like, with funding, this could be an amazing full-length game.

As it usually happen with art games, this one isn't a game enough. The combination of visuals and the background tune is hypnotizing, but the puzzles ande general gameplay are way too simple. I still can't figure out what is the meaning of infinite looping the game, since I gave up after getting through it twice. Maybe is supposed to be a hidden message about nature of language, who knows? Anyway, I still enjoyed the game, but let's hope the next edition will be more balanced.

excellent music !

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3.90 / 5.00

Nov 17, 2014
1:07 AM EST