Point and click adventure games have a long history of involving puzzle elements. However, they’ve never crossed paths like in Gorogoa before. Instead of taking on a more traditional control scheme, players are presented with a screen divided into four quadrants. Initially, only one quadrant is active (featuring sumptuous imagery) while the rest are completely empty. With absolutely no tutorializing given, folks must simply start playing around.
The mouse changes when you hover over a clickable object. This leads players to begin clicking in the windowed scene, taking a closer look at objects or moving to different areas. Then, after a bit more clicking, they realize that this small window can actually be dragged and placed in any of the other quadrants. Sure, why you would want to do this isn’t immediately apparent, but it becomes so after a bit more play.
As players explore Gorogoa they uncover the most exciting aspect which ties in directly with those screen quadrants. You see, some screens can be split in two. For example, the game might show a picture of a small, quaint house. If you lift this up and drag it, you’ll be left with the house image – but the door is cut out. If you can find a doorway in another image, then you can overlay the two and create a portal to a new area. Overlaying images so they create modified imagery is imperative to the experience.
It honestly does take some thinking to get accustomed to this style of puzzle solving. After a while, though, the experimentation becomes second nature – and tremendously fun. It also helps that Gorogoa features ridiculously good-looking artwork that draws you into the world. It’s hard to know what to expect from the game as the exploration moves between familiar and fantastical locales.
The freedom to experiment without consequence is a bit rare in modern games. Many would force you into a fail state after a while. Here, though, it appears players are free to click and combine everything, even when it doesn’t work. A visual narrative component is also weaved into the art istry, as there is a character we continue to bring with us on the journey. It remains to be seen where that’ll all lead.
Gorogoa is so much more than just a pretty face. The style of adventure and puzzle solving is unique and innovative enough to lure in gamers who might not normally consider themselves puzzle fans. The upcoming release in 2017 for PC as well as mobile (iOS and Android) offers up the experience to far more than just the typical Steam audience, as well.