Monday, June 17

Review: Hue [Nintendo Switch eShop]


With an abundance of puzzlers available on the Switch it is taking more and more effort to come up with ways to stand out from the crowd. Going with the puzzle adventure subgenre of sorts helps to whittle down the competition but there’s still a need to make things interesting. Thankfully, while it may not be terribly long, Hue manages to give itself a boost with a smart use of colors that not only makes it visually distinct but also full of clever puzzles that will make you think and coordinate your way through some satisfying sequences.


Throughout the game you’ll slowly accumulate colors that will help you manipulate the appearance of the dull and grey world around you. Whether revealing doorways and blocks for you to manipulate or to make obstacles disappear this color-changing mechanic proves to have an impressive number of applications as you progress. Once you acquire a more substantial number of them in your palette the game also takes on a second level of challenge as you’ll have to deal with platforming challenges as well, requiring that you progress through a specific series of colors to enable you to safely jump, change colors while you’re in mid-air (the game slows to help make this less insane than that sounds), and then land safely. This does require some degree of dexterity but making your way through these sorts of sequences tends to be quite satisfying.


Where the game manages to go a bit to the next level is with its overall presentation, sporting both a wonderful soundtrack and a surprising amount of story for what seems like a pretty simple title. Quality voice acting helps to give what could have just been some text to read on the screen a greater degree of polish and helps the entire experience shine as a whole. Some people may complain about the relatively short length of the game, lasting a mere handful of hours at best, but given its budget price and the obvious effort behind it on all levels and I consider it a pretty fair and appealing package worth your time if you’re looking for a satisfying challenge mixing puzzles with platforming.


Score: 8

Pros:
  • Smart puzzle designs using colors
  • Some challenging platforming that will make you think and execute
  • A high degree of polish and a focus on the overall experience

Cons:
  • Not a terribly long game
  • If your coordination isn’t the best some sequences may prove frustrating