While its puzzle solutions aren’t typically intuitive, there’s no question its unusual art style and humor carry the experience
As anyone who has been reading my reviews for quite some time would know, I can be a bit of a sucker for games that dive into the “weird” end of the pool, and The Many Pieces of Mr. Coo absolutely fits that description. Not quite an adventure game, this plays out more like a series of vignettes where your goals aren’t always clear, but the expectation is that you’ll experiment and figure out how to advance to the next scene through trial and error. Since a fair portion of the time the solutions aren’t necessarily intuitive (why you would inherently know in one case you need to pull a crank 3 times I’m not sure) this can sometimes be aggravating, but at least the developer seemed to be aware of this so there’s a provided hint book pretty well everywhere that will walk you through the solution step by step. The thing is, the problem-solving isn’t really the focus, the best element of the game is enjoying the very distinctive hand-drawn animations mixed with its very unusual sense of humor. Often prompting at least a chuckle, Mr. Coo was consistently surprising and entertaining, a tall order when you’re a few thousand games in on the eShop. If you can forgive its sometimes obtuse puzzles which will require copious use of the hint book, it’s a wonderfully odd experience.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.7]