This will likely be the shortest
review I ever write, lest it take longer that it did to play Gomo.
I liked Gomo (the game), I
really did. There is quirky humour, an odd-ball main character, a
charming graphic style, and a left field moment or two. You, as Gomo
(the character), get to travel through space and time in pursuit of a
crystal, all in the name of using it to rescue your dog from the alien
varmints who kidnapped him. The sounds are rich and satisfying – Gomo
(the character) alone is an auditory delight, from his scuttly feet to
the tip of his scratchy head - the music is appropriately melodic and
occasionally raucus, and every wardrobe (and cupboard and locker) really
is a lion.
Gomo (the character) not only
sounds good he looks good, or at least as good as a burlap sack with
daddy long-legs arms and mis-sized eyes can look. While the palette is a
little limited (some might say drab) I didn’t think it detracted from
the visual interest. Both the overall look itself, and all the little
goings on in the scenes, provided the necessary “colour”. Spot the
pop-culture references as you go.
Gomo (the game) is good to look
at and fun to be part of. Except it only lasts somewhere between 60 and
90 minutes, mainly because there aren’t too many actual puzzles, and
what there are are rather easy. Limited available inventory items will
usually ensure that your onward meanderings are not overly delayed. Pull
and flip switches, do a slider or two, manipulate the environment, and
save your dog!
Point and click, and if you play
on “hard” the inventory items won’t glow when placed somewhere they can
be used. Access said items from top left of screen, which is in reality
a little cavity in Gomo’s (the character) back, open and closed by a
zipper (clearly he is a pyjama bag, not a sack). Menu is top right,
where you can toggle between hard and not-hard if you wish.
Gomo (the game) is charming,
there just isn’t enough of it/him to make it compelling.
I played on:
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Intel i7-3820 4GHz
RAM: 12GB Ripjaw DDR3 2133 Mhz