A robot, a poncho and a journey of discovery! Make your way through this wonderful world of pixelated parallax platforming to solve the ultimate puzzle: who is Poncho?
The world is ruined; mankind is gone and all that remains are robots. But for Poncho, the adventure is just beginning! Explore an open world full of colourful characters, leaping between parallax layers to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles. Can you make it to the Red Tower, meet your Maker and ultimately save humanity?
A 2D world with 3D thinking! Use brains as well as platforming skill, moving back and forth through Poncho's world as well as left and right to progress.
Discover new challenges around every corner: platforms that move when you do, areas that switch from 3D to 2D and back again, shifting walls, seemingly impossible ascents and much more!
Behold, the Junkyard King! Help restore his court of loyal subjects and you might just win the favour of robotic royalty.
Gorgeous pixel graphics mix with clever gameplay and a catchy soundtrack to create a retro-style experience that's truly unique!
© 2015 Delve Interactive. Licensed to and published by Rising Star Games Ltd.
Though it’s a shame frequent bugs break the immersion of its world-building and lush detail from time-to-time, Poncho remains a bright, vibrant and well-sought puzzle-platformer that sticks to what it sets out to do, achieving it in plentiful amounts. While players may be put off by its seemingly simple appearance and minimalist design, it’s the visuals that truly strike a chord and — like Axiom Verge or Shovel Knight before it — marks itself as one of those great examples of a title that relishes the joy of sprite work. When game backgrounds can be so curiously immediate they feel like they may just be housing stories in of themselves, you know you’ve hit the nail on the head in regards to making your World a reality. Reality itself may be a lot less pixellated here, but Poncho‘s well-planned orchestration of sound, aesthetic and more importantly art direction resonate remarkably well. For a game so mechanically simple, it’s one of the better experiences out there — four-letter swear words and all.
At the surface, it may seem unusual for a 2D game to emerge in modern times but Poncho does have some unique elements to even that out. The storyline and protagonist aren't new but it is refreshing to control a being that is not human. This is quite rare to encounter in gaming and I admire a change. The outdoor environments are very stunning and are actually "alive", meaning interactions within the background are animated and can surprise you. It is very atmospheric as the parts of the environment are dynamic. Namely, pathway blocks constantly shift "forward" and "backward". Gameplay, however, is not easily adjusted to, being strictly a 2D game so some players might have issues. Patience and precise timing is needed otherwise, one needs to redo a jump, for instance. This is very frustrating as they cannot be skipped. I give this game a B for having innovations to 2D gaming but also has been afflicted with its limited and repetitive gaming that brought down the score sadly.
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