While mechanically it can be tricky at times as you work through larger puzzles, the dynamic nature of your mirror works nicely
There’s nothing I enjoy quite as much as indies I’ve never heard of before getting them sneaking onto my Switch and delivering much more than I could have expected. Ugly is one such game, though perhaps as its title may imply to some degree it does so quietly without much fanfare, direction, or spoken words. Instead it is pretty well laser focused on delivering a challenging style of puzzling that will consistently demand that you observe, experiment, and work out how to continue to use your mirror which allows you to move back and forth to your reflected shadow to move through walls and floors and conquer what can get to be rooms of intimidating size that you’ll need to work through with trial, error, and perhaps a bit of frustration. That said, I haven’t played anything quite like it and there’s just something that more often than not feels mildly intuitive about the progression of how you’ll figure out how to better use your limited abilities as you see new opportunities present themselves. While it may be a bit too frustrating if you’re not a real puzzling fan, the pretty fresh take on gameplay may be just the thing to break genre fans out of feeling like they’ve seen it all.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.4]