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Mini Review: Hoa (PS5) – Good Vibes Only for Pretty Platformer

Ghibli? I don’t know her.

Hoa feels like one of those games designed purely to put a smile on your face. From Skrollcat Studio, it’s a vibrant and colourful 2D platformer that revels in its simplicity. There’s nothing challenging about it, nothing that will put your brain to the test. The game is designed as something you can put your feet up for and enjoy, and it’s all the better for it.

Navigating treetops and caves, you control an adorable little protagonist tasked with reawakening the larger animals of the forest. You’ll do so by interacting with hieroglyphics and collecting butterflies, with the latter needed to unlock new abilities such as pushing objects, slamming into the ground to generate more air time, and flying. None of this is challenging in the slightest; Hoa is designed with the feel-good factor in mind and makes its objectives easy to achieve.

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