Switch version tested
Review code provided
Ovivo looks and feels like navigating a Rorschach Test. A simple black and white platformer, you have to dig deeper to see the bigger picture. This game jam brainchild from developer Izhard jumps from Steam to major consoles this July.
The game has no text, dialogue or story. It starts you off to explore with no explanation. No problem, since the controls only consist of three buttons. Moving forward, back, and then changing colours. This is an interesting mechanic. Switching colours from black to white allows you to reverse gravity and has to be used strategically to gain momentum to make it from platform to platform.
Initially, your view will be just a small amount of platform that is in your peripheral vision. As you complete the stages, the level will zoom out so you can get the full picture, which will also reveal where everything is located in case you missed anything. With that said, it’s easy to get confused where you are and where you need to go. There are small dots scattered around the levels that usually lead to the important collectables, else going out of your way to collect them serve no other purpose. The main objective is to find all hidden spots before getting to the end.
Deaths are not too punishing. If you fall off, or hit a sharp edge, you’ll have to restart from a checkpoint. Some of the checkpoints make it hard to build momentum to continue. However, nothing is overly challenging so you can continue exploring at a nice pace. This is a very laid back game, and if you ever get stuck just back out and get back to the beginning of the level.
Art is simple at a glance but always creates an intricate piece. Monochromatic shapes come together in unexpected ways. It’s interesting to see how the level transforms as you continue. The music fits the overall mood, with relaxed instrumentals to fill the casual journey. Both fit together nicely, as it looks, feels and plays pretty well.
Simplistic yet fun, Ovivo explores creatively designed levels by only swapping colours. With a fitting soundtrack, this games urges you to continue navigating the beautiful artwork. A short and sweet experience, and recommended for casual puzzle fans.
TBG Score: 7.5/10
Platform: Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 03/07/2019
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Platformer, Arcade, Puzzle
Publisher: Evgeniy Kolpakov
Download link: eShop