Excerpt: Okabu has come from some creative minds. Players take on the role of Cloud Whales. Part cloud, and part whale. I am not joking about that either. You float around, collect water, rain it down, or spit it out. Then you can start to carry passengers who will grant additional powers. Like being able to grab things and pull them. The story in Okabu is sort of on the environmentalists fringe.
Conclusion: Yes, it's a kids game at the core. So what? We could all stand to relax more, and Okabu provides a classy and gorgeous way to do just that. There is no better game to play with a young child than this one. My daughter would give it 10.
Excerpt: In my many, many years as a gamer, I have been a great number of things from a racing driver to a treasure hunter and from a Premier League footballer to a gangster. Never ever, have I ever had to be a...
Summary: Okabu is a fairly good little game, but one that offers little challenge. Parents with kids will enjoy being able to play together with their children and Okabu is also a great “break” game to play between more intensive sessions of other titles. The lack of difficulty and challenge hurt it in my eyes and prevent me from giving it a higher score. With a little bit more challenge and more variety in the puzzles this game could have been very special.
Excerpt: Okabu is a colorful and original-looking title from Hand Circus, the studio behind the similarly offbeat Rolando. When pollution threatens their home in the sky, two cloud-whales descend to the planet’s surface to set things right. Partnering up with the Yorubo tribe, a friendly bunch into sustainable living, the pair of fluffy heroes engages in happy acts of eco-terrorism to thwart the sneering Doza tribe, whose machines and factories are ruining the bright and colorful...
Conclusion: Concept: Create a simple action game about cleaning up the environment that's fun for children and adults alike
Graphics: Even for a downloadable game, the cartoony visuals won't win any awards, but everything is adorable
Sound: A lively and eccentric soundtrack complements the humorous gibberish the characters speak
Playability: Who knew a cloud whale could be so responsive?
Excerpt: Common tasks in many of today's video games generally include shooting dudes in the face, stomping on baddies, and hacking away at enemies with a sword of some sort. Recycling and cleaning up the environment aren't your typical video game objectives. Well, except for that one Mario game that came out a few years ago. Developer HandCircus has attempted to make environmental clean-up fun in Okabu , its latest project and first console game.
Conclusion: Charles Schulz probably never illustrated any happy Cloud Whales, but if he did they would probably look like Okabu’s chief protagonists. With bright colors and a merry atmosphere flooding positivity and joy through every channel, it's hard to look away. This wouldn't matter much if Okabu's gameplay wasn’t up to spec, but the subtle complexity behind the puzzles and variety of objectives serves the theme well - and makes Okabu's handful of technical gaffs all the more...
Summary: Have you ever wanted to float among the clouds? What if the clouds were actually on the ground and spent all of their time solving puzzles and destroying robots to fight pollution? That's more or less the premise of Okabu, from developer HandCircus. The company enjoyed some success with its hit iOS game Rolando, which offered an early example of clever gaming on the fledgling iPhone.
Pros: Beautiful art and animation, Simple and easy to pick up, Different abilities keep things varied
Cons: Physics can hurt more than harm, Some technical issues, including slowdown