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POSTED 22/8/14


HOHOKUM

Honeyslug/Sony



(Donning pointy bra...) Come on, Ho!

Rollercoasters and weird eyes
Pots, spots and a kite that flies
Boffins, jelly, pachyderm
In a hyper-coloured world you’re sperm...

Ho! (Ho! Ho!)

Hey! Who let Father Christmas in here? Actually, we didn’t trip over him in our Hohokum travels, but then he might have been cosplaying as a dot or something. For if that screengrabby thing hasn’t alerted you, this is one weird puppy of a game. An extremely vivid weird puppy of a game.

Kind of a conglomeration of Noby Noby Boy, LocoRoco and SoundShapes, with plenty of Yellow Submarine and Fantasia vibes mixed in, you – as a one-eyed spermy, wormy thingummy - are let loose to explore.

Initially there seems to be no point other than to stumble upon what new bits of weird shit have splooged forth from the creators’ brainboxes. However, puzzles both obvious and nebulous gradually begin to wheedle their way into your consciousness. Could there actually be a point to this silliness?

As such, you can liberate spermy friends hiding in various wildly differing levels that you access through spot-encrusted round windows. It’s open world nuttiness, essentially, whereby you may find yourself schlepping stuff to send kites flying, electrifying clotheslines to score rollercoaster cars or whatever the fuck you’re supposed to do in the level with apple trees and coloured beans.

Frankly, even if there was no point whatsoever we’d love Hohokum, just for the childlike wonder that it ignited in us as we lolloped about making music happen and colouring in all manner of blobby things.

If you’ve ever wished to become immersed in a world that looks much like we expect the real world does to Keita Takahashi then Hohokum will enthral you. If linearity, subtlety and reality are mandatory then you’ll despise it.

Which means you likely hate panda babies too, and you probably work in HR.

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