Review: Ovivo (PlayStation 4)

Ovivo

OVIVO is a mesmerizing platformer with unusual mechanics where everything is as simple as black and white. The journey in the metaphoric world filled with illusions and hidden messages awaits you!

Pros:

  • Black and white minimalist graphics.
  • 429.1mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Zen-like gameplay.
  • Simple one-button controls.
  • Gameplay- play as a dot and press X to go between the black and white areas where you collect dots.
  • Clever level design.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Physics and momentum play a big part in the traversal.
  • Play how you want.
  • Generous checkpoints.
  • Instant restarts.
  • Upon clearing a level the camera pans out and you see the picture/symbol.

Ovivo

Cons:

  • No tutorial.
  • Nothing is explained.
  • Menu/map is not always clear.
  • One trick pony.
  • Can get frustrating.

Ovivo

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7/10

Summary

Ovivo is a weird game. I mean you go in completely blind with no tutorial or guidance to speak of. You can quickly work out the general basics of the game though, use momentum to get yourself going and you can swap between the black and white realms. Your goal is to find dots and the exit. How it plays is another kettle of fish though, with no real way to track where to go or where you have been, this means you can get lost or repeat sections. Like I said it is a weird game and it is definitely one of those games that you just zone out with, easy trophies ease the pain and like I say it is easy enough to learn but once you get the platinum, you won’t be back. There are better examples of this genre but Ovivo does attempt something and grabs your attention,

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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