With a stunning, yet simplistic design and intuitive controls, Hohokum is an unstructured adventure game that gives you the freedom to create your own story.
In this unique release developed by Honeyslug in collaboration with Sony Santa Monica, you play as a colourful snake-like creature that travels throughout increasingly gorgeous worlds to free your friends.
Instead of the standard tutorial to help you get on your feet, the game offers no hints, directions or even objectives. You’re left to mash buttons and experiment with the various ways that you can influence and interact with the world around you.
As you investigate new environments and try to find your snake buddies, you act as an intergalactic taxi service, picking up cool little characters along the way, each with their own individual personalities. They shout out icons to give you clues as to where they want to go, and it’s up to you to figure out their desired destination – that is, if you even choose to help them at all.
Easily the best aspect of this game is the euphoric joy you feel when you find something new, whether it’s a kaleidoscope-style colour show, a gateway to a different dimension, or simply a funny sound. That said, the lack of narrative can leave you feeling aimless after some time, which may be disconcerting for players that love earning trophies and working towards clear objectives.
Whilst most of the levels are on the right side of lively and keep you in a Zen-like state, some are a bit too busy. For example, the hectic amusement park world, while fun, has so many diversions that it becomes hard to figure out what you need to do in order to progress to the next level.
You can earn a trophy for completing Hohokum in under an hour, but with all of the fun features, sights and sounds on offer, you’ll want to sit back and really take the time to wander around each level, leaving no stone unturned, or elephant creature unruffled.
If you need a break from the sweat-inducing shoot ‘em ups and want to kick back with a relaxing game that’s a feast for the eyes, then this game is definitely worth the download.