Forma.8 is an interesting game. MixedBag made the decision to offer very little guidance throughout your little alien robot’s journey, and I believe they made a smart decision in doing so. The lack of direction allows for a great sense of isolation as you free float around the games puzzle designs and beautiful landscapes. The puzzles themselves are thoughtful, and I found myself appreciating the effort MixedBag put in to create the clever, sometimes difficult, but always fair scenario’s for its players to contemplate.
As you learn how to wield your powers wisely, you’ll be taking in the games gorgeous scenery, and MixedBag hits the mark here. Forma.8 is gorgeous. Its geometrical landscapes are well designed, and the choice of both muted and vivid colors make the alien planet pop at every angle. You’ll float around through winding, silhouetted caverns, bursting lava pits, jungle-esque backdrops, and other compelling art designs. One particular section of Forma.8 has you floating quietly over a lone island, taking in the fantastic color palette as the camera slowly tightens in your robot friend, offering a great cinematic atmosphere that I thoroughly enjoyed.
While overall I loved Forma.8, I do have a few minor issues to discuss. As much as I enjoyed floating through the game, the movement can sometimes feel bogged down, and I found myself wishing that I could zip around the planet a little easier toward the end of my playing time. Another concern I should mention for players is what I mentioned earlier in the game's lack of support. Personally, this is one of my favorite aspects of the game, as I don’t always need a game to hold my hand, but I feel like some people might be turned off by the lack of advice throughout the game. There were a few times I found myself wandering aimlessly around the world not knowing what to do, and I’ll admit I turned to the interwebs in order to complete a puzzle or two. With that said, I feel strongly that if MixedBag had offered more guidance, Forma.8 would’ve lost some of its charms, and I only bring this up with you guys so you’re aware of what you’re getting into.
At the end of the day, Forma.8 is a fantastic game. It’s visuals and sound design is aesthetically pleasing, and the intelligent puzzle design is engrossing enough that I’d recommend this game to anyone. You won’t go wrong if you pick up Forma.8. Get on it folks!
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 9.5/10
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-Very slight issue with movement speed