Review: Poncho (PS4)

A robot, a poncho and a journey of discovery! Make your way through this wonderful world of pixelated parallax platforming to solve the ultimate puzzle: who is Poncho?

Poncho (4)


  • Lush pixel art graphics.
  • Small download size: 239.1MB.
  • Wonderful chiptune soundtrack.
  • Parallax platformer. Jump between levels within the depths of the level. Jump into the background, Middle ground and the fore ground.
  • Evokes strong feelings of Fez. Really does feel like a 2D version of Fez and that is absolutely fine.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • 14 Trophies.
  • Collect gems to spend with the key keeper (shop) and buy keys needed.
  • Collect coloured keys to open doors.
  • Transporter: Find the transporter to be able to save progress and leave the area.
  • World map: Select any open area and also shows how many keys, gems and robots are in the level and how many you have collected so far.
  • Challenging puzzle platformer game play.
  • Find/Earn new powerups.
  • A lot of eureka! moments as you finally suss out the solution to a puzzle.
  • Repair/Rescue robots to unlock bonus items.
  • 8 Worlds to explore. Each one unique with their own unique residents.
  • Hidden rooms and routes.
  • Convinced there is another layer of secrets within the game. The speech you read from residents seem to suggest a code and give subtle clues. Mark my words!

Poncho (3)


  • Font/text is on the small side.
  • Nothing is really explained to you.
  • Seeing where to jump can be tricky.
  • No camera pan button.
  • Can get stuck in a death loop.

Poncho (2)


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!