If you cast your mind back a little ways, you may recall us playing Octahedron prior to its original release at EGX. Back then we were charmed by it and picked it up on PS4 so we could spend more time with it and hopefully become masters of this fast paced, puzzle platformer. We were so pleased to see that Octahedron: Transfixed Edition was heading to the Nintendo Switch and were very grateful to have the opportunity to see how it plays this time around thanks to Square Enix Collective.
For those of you who are not familiar with Octahedron, it is a challenging 2D platformer with a great soundtrack and a fun gameplay mechanic brought to us by Demimonde. You play as a man who is sucked into this vibrant world in which every level presents an intense climb to the top using platforms that can be summoned at the touch of a button and used to move higher or across gaps on your journey. The initial levels introduce you to the mechanics and allow you to get into the groove as you try to avoid traps and tricks designed to catch you of guard and test your reactions as you try to move quickly. Once you move beyond these initial levels, you’ll unlock new platforms with additional abilities to help you scale these levels and make it to the summit.
Your platform is your best friend in this game so you’ll need to become one with it as things start to get more intense. When summoned, you have a few seconds to move from side to side before the platform disappears but you can also simply use the platforms to climb by leaping from one to another as you make them appear at your feet. Each level will let you know the maximum number of platforms you can have before you run out (the count resets when your feet touch solid ground) so you know what your limits are as you work your way up. As I mentioned before, as you progress new platforms with properties that will assist you on your ascent will be unlocked and you can switch between them when required. Octahedron is fast paced and there are traps and areas that will challenge your flow so will require potential trial and error runs before you’ll reach the top.
I must admit, I had forgotten how intense it gets but also how quickly it ramps up. It’s great because you don’t want it to be easy, but you certainly find yourself having to start again or replay certain levels to pick up the coloured triangles along the way to achieve completion. I found myself struggling on certain areas mainly because I was overthinking things and sometimes speed and timing is what you need to advance. Practice makes perfect but you can master the platforms quite quickly if you are particularly skilled at reaction based puzzle games. There are a lot of tricky traps to overcome but they are innovative and keep you on your toes which is why you want to beat it but you also might want to make sure you don’t miss any of the colourful triangles along the way either.
The overall look and feel of the game on the Switch it great. As with many indie titles we are fortunate enough to try out, a lot of them really suit the Switch as a platform and Octahedron is another great Nindie to join the library. The game is bright and colourful and is complimented by that fantastic, pumping beat soundtrack with traps that pulse in time with the beat. It really is a delight to look at and play but what’s also great is that because it’s split into levels, you can pick up and play for a spell and then come back to it later, unless, like me you can’t put it down and end up playing for hours (which is also a good thing of course). You get three lives (to start) with three hearts that will disappear if you take damage so you can recover should you take a hit. There is a safety heart around halfway through each level and should you take a final hit, you usually will end up on the last bit of solid ground you jumped from. There also a waypoint of sorts around halfway through so if you die, you don’t go all the way to the bottom or battle from the beginning again.
Octahedron: Transfixed Edition is a perfect title for the Switch and for anyone who is looking for a new Nindie title to add to their console, this is certainly one that you should get, and for £9.99 (across Switch, PS4, Xbox One and Steam), you really get more than your moneys worth with this one. This is not a game that you can play with the sound off so if you have to go out and about, be sure to have your headphones handy so you can enjoy the music while you play. The mechanics, the graphics, the challenge and the music really do make this a fantastic little game which you will spend hours enjoying. Octahedron: Transfixed Edition is available now on the eShop!