31 people found this review helpful
Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 10.7 hrs on record (8.1 hrs at review time)
Posted: Oct 17, 2020 @ 11:40pm

I could simply tell you that HoB is a great game and you should definitely play it and be done with it but that would be a disservice to the game i'd like to talk about it a little bit more than that.

HoB is adventure and exploration game with some light combat thrown into the mix. While combat is definitely weakest part of the game it is used sparingly throughout the game so i never becomes boring and bothersome . You have your light attack,heavy attack,block and dodge. Enemy variety is on a low side but again , it never gets old or boring because of how few combat encounters there are.

Main drive of the game is exploration and that's where HoBs magic is at . Game lacks any kind of conventional story telling, there's no spoken or written text or exposition but your character basically is woken up by a mechanical golem and tasked to reactivate and cleanse this half organical half construct city which is corrupted by some kind of 'evil' . You do that by solving various puzzles and slowly but surely waking up the city and getting rid of the purple corruption.

One would be forgiven for thinking that is a puzzle game but i would disagree . While your main mean of progressing throu the game is solving puzzles they are simple and pleasant enough to go through so you rarely get stuck and lost and this makes you feel this 'momentum' . You are always going forward , discovering new places and watching world get awaken. And this is there HoB nailed what it was going forward imho. You never get stuck on a over complicated long or boring puzzle and lose all intereset in what you there doing , it's constant excitement , wonder and feel of grand adventure and it's just a loveliest of times.

Visuals are stunning and you are always shown there you are going to go next , somewhat reminding me of what Dark Souls did where everything you can see is a playable zone you can reach . Music while simplistic and low key accompanies gameplay and visuals beautifully and is like a right amount of pepper and salt in a dish .

There are few technical issues some people do experience but for me game largely ran fine. Few frame dips here and there but game m ran at 144 fps most of the time . Admittedly it tasks system quite high keeping in mind that it doesnt go for crazy life like graphics so that is something to keep in mind.

Overally HoB is a magical time and if i would give games numerical scores it would be a high number.
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5 Comments
YQMaoski Oct 20, 2020 @ 9:21am 
Got it, thanks, so it's a decently lengthy game. I will try to set aside some time soonish to try it out at least.
Dont be silly Wrap your willy Oct 20, 2020 @ 8:31am 
Nope. I think i should be somewhere midway through it.
YQMaoski Oct 20, 2020 @ 8:23am 
Quick question, were you able to finish the game in 8 hours?
Dont be silly Wrap your willy Oct 20, 2020 @ 6:36am 
@YQMaoski I'll make sure to remind you , haha. Thanks for your comment :praisesun:
YQMaoski Oct 19, 2020 @ 3:55pm 
It's great that you had some fun with this, definitely need to check it out some time. :-) Thanks for the review!