OVIVO is a mesmerizing platformer with unusual mechanics where everything is as simple as black and white. It is a metaphorical game filled with illusions and hidden messages.
In the world of OVIVO, Black and White exist in harmony. By constantly intertwining and replacing each other, they maintain balance. The main character named OVO was born of these two halves and has the ability to switch between them. OVO travels through the metaphorical world, overcoming dangers and collecting mysterious symbols. These symbols will help you unravel the story of this world, but how you interpret it is completely up to you.
■ Flow mechanics. In white, gravity points downward, in black—upward. Because momentum is preserved when transitioning from one color to another, OVO can float along their border as if being carried by a flow.
■ Fascinating art. The allegorical world of OVIVO is full of hidden images and optical illusions.
■ Design without words. There is almost no text in the game and the story is told through gameplay and visuals.
■ Meditative ambient soundtrack by Brokenkites.
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Ratings and Reviews
It’s not fun
It’s unfortunate to say that I regret buying this game. I’m usually open-minded in trying out games from different genre, but this one just doesn’t click with me. If I have to sum up my experience, I’d say it’s not fun. Beyond the switching from black and white mechanic, there isn’t much to do. You move around, switching and grabbing collectibles as you go, until you reach the level’s end goal. That’s it, there’s nothing more to it. There’s no excitement, no real challenge except for the occasional collectibles that can be in hard to reach places. Honestly, it felt more like a chore. While I’ve only beaten 6 out of 10 stages, I think it’s safe to assume that’s the case for the rest of the levels.
I can’t deny that there is A LOT of artistic visuals going on in the background, but having something nice to look at isn’t enough to make a game fun. Concerning the soundtrack, I was mostly indifferent to the music. A few of them were above average at times.
Don’t get me wrong, nothing about the game's description was deceiving; the game is really meant to be a mesmerizing one. I guess the developers intended to create something that’s meant to be mindlessly played. My problem is I went in expecting something more and ended up disappointed. For what it is, it’s just not meant for me.
Immerse in a flow
Quite an unusual game, fantastic visual design! It feels like half a post modern art installation and half a puzzle-platformer.
Although the core gameplay mechanic is very simple(you switch between two colors) they've managed to build surprisingly rich set of different gameplay elements with it.
Art design is definitely something. The amount of hidden references and allusions is just mind blowing and I definitely haven't spotted all of them.
Special praise for the soundtrack, it goes perfectly with both the general feel of the game and specifics of each level.
There are definitely a few rough edges like uneven difficulty of levels: some places just felt unproportionally hard even to the point of frustration and my fingers started to hurt quite a bit(although I'm not very good with platformers tbh). I really liked the way it played at the beginning when everything was easy and playing it felt like going through a smooth flow especially with the kind of music they have there - this soft and chill electronics. Really liked it.. until I started dying 10 times in a row. lol. Buut at the end it worth it.
And I felt like the duration is perfect: takes slightly more that 2 hours to finish. Enough to be a complete experience and not too long to get bored.
Overall definitely highly recommend to try it out.
Simple yet innovative and immersive
OVIVO is a gem of a game. It is built on a simple idea of the game piece being able to transcend planes, with gravity flipping as it does so. Each level is a journey through a landscape of an abstract obstacle course, which when completed, is revealed to be an elaborate artistic maze. Each level reveals something new - obstacles to overcome, creatures or plants that will disrupt your journey. All of the levels are extremely detailed and the way the game piece interacts with its environment is elegantly thought out and simple...floating on flower buds, bubbling and bouncing off other elements, etc. I don’t know why this game is not an App Store Editors Choice. It well deserves such distinction.
- Alex Vilassak
- 187.1 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).
- English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018,Alexandr Vilassak
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