Excerpt: You play as two little blobs with legs called Ibb and Obb, though I'm only assuming this based on the game's title. In truth, nothing is ever explicitly stated about who these characters are, or why they're doing what they're doing. When you're playing with a friend this isn't a big deal because you don't need any reward for playing beyond your communal satisfaction of a job well done, but it's a bit rough when you finally master a single player challenge (which in...
Excerpt: Ibb is suffering from an existential crisis. On the surface, he seems autonomous. He has his own eyes and legs, after all, and can move about independently. And yet, when he is separated in any meaningful way from Obb, he's severely restricted. The distance between the pair can only stretch so far before one has to backtrack toward the other, and if one should perish, the other immediately combusts as well. Their lives are inexorably tied to each other.
Pros: Complex puzzle design, Requires smart cooperative coordination, High difficulty makes solving puzzles very rewarding
Cons: Virtually unplayable alone, Some puzzles are more cheap than challenging
Conclusion: Concept: Lead two colored blobs through a gravity-bending 2D world
Graphics: Minimalist graphics aren’t exactly original anymore, but the visuals are still pleasing
Sound: The soundtrack fits the charming and surreal mood of the game
Playability: Controlling Ibb & Obb with a partner is great, but don’t even think about playing it alone
Entertainment: Its later stages can frustrate, but the opening hours are satisfying
Replay: Moderately Low
Ibb and Obb’s clever platforming puzzles will test your friendships (review)
5 August 2013
Conclusion: It’s pretty clear that the developer wants you to play Ibb and Obb with a friend. Just make sure you play it with someone you have a pretty good relationship with. Its challenging puzzles will certainly cause some bickering and headaches, but the high difficulty comes with a great sense of accomplishment and pride whenever you manage to best its biggest obstacles.
Pros: Mechanically, Ibb and Obb is not complicated. You can move your character left, right, and jump. That’s it. Every level features a world split in two, with the one part featuring inverted gravity. Most puzzles focus on using momentum from jumps and the split between the gravity planes. If you’ve played the two-player coop in Portal 2, you might have an idea of what to expect. Communicating with your partner about what exactly you need to do to beat a puzzle is often m...
Cons: Ibb and Obb features a simplistic art style that, while easy on the eyes, has become a bit of a cliché. The round shapes and solid colors will easily remind you of LocoRoco, Sound Shapes, Patapon, and a variety of other games that have recently used similar, minimalist styles. The whole aesthetic, while still occasionally charming, is getting tired and predictable. Since so many puzzles involve transferring momentum and making high jumps, your characters will often fl...
Excerpt: Abbiamo incontrato per la prima volta ibb and obb alla Gamescom del 2011. Eravamo lì che giravamo tranquilli nella parte centrale dell'area business, in un momento di calma, probabilmente alla ricerca di qualcosa da mettere sotto i denti, quando due ragazzi olandesi ci hanno fermati e ci han chiesto se volevamo andare al loro stand per provare il gioco su cui stavano lavorando.
Excerpt: ibb and obb é um jogo de plataforma e puzzles com um foco grande em cooperação. Você controla dois personagens que podem andar em dois planos diferentes: o plano superior, no qual a movimentação é a tradicional de um jogo de plataforma, e o plano inferior, no qual você anda de cabeça para baixo. ibb and obb (i&b daqui em diante) pode ser jogado por apenas um jogador, mas tenha em mente que este é um jogo pensado e executado com co-op em mente.
Pros: Muito bonito, Uso da inércia para superar desafios, Colecionáveis, Fases-bônus secretas, Co-op local e online
Cons: Extremamente frustrante de 1 jogador, Pulo com o analógico no single-player, Alguns checkpoints mal-posicionados, Online com lag significativo