Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion (PC) Review

By Olivia Falk 26.05.2017

Review for Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion on PC

So many games focus on conflict. Light versus dark. Good versus evil. Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion, though, takes a different approach, with the nameless protagonist working towards the unification of the yin and the yang. For too long, the two have been separated, but it is time for them to be reunited once more.

Bokida's world starts out bleak. Greys and blacks dominate the introductory area, and emerging outside reveals a world doused in harsh white light. Everything is washed out, with the landscape's details fading into obscurity under the unrelenting brightness. Amid this, a trio of black monoliths stand, defiant of their bleached surroundings.

In this area, the core mechanics of Bokida are introduced. In addition to running, jumping, and gliding, four abilities are available for use: BUILD, CUT, PUSH, and CLEAN. A couple of extra abilities are also introduced later, though they are used sparingly.

BUILD is one of the most versatile tools, allowing the placement of an unlimited number of green blocks, as well as the ability to boost towards any that are within range. This can greatly speed up the process of traversing the large map, though getting the hang of repeatedly placing and boosting towards blocks can be difficult. It can also be used to scale seemingly impossible peaks, granting an often breath-taking view of the world.

As for the other abilities, CUT slices up blocks and other pieces of the environment, often opening new pathways or allowing objects to reposition themselves favourably. PUSH can either launch block pieces away or shatter whole blocks using a shotgun-like charge blast. Lastly, CLEAN creates a steadily-growing void, swallowing up any blocks that are caught within.

Screenshot for Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion on PC

With all these powers in tow, Bokida's protagonist traverses the world in search of monoliths to activate; each one provides energy to a black orb that hangs in the sky like a sun, allowing it to increase in size and get ever closer to uniting with the light. As more pillars are activated, parts of the world begin springing to life, with colourful foliage and creatures being birthed in areas where the balance of the two sides persists. These chromatic splashes add beauty to an already gorgeously realized world, often stunning with their sudden appearance. It's a shame that there are only a handful of areas that take advantage of this, as it had the potential to break up the monotony that can otherwise sink in while soaring over the dull grey plains.

That's the overall issue with Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion: everything seems to only be skin-deep. It has interesting puzzles that make use of the different mechanics, but there are only a handful. While this does avoid repetition, it leaves a feeling of disappointment, as though the game was only scratching the surface of its potential. There are also times where the game's vague, minimalistic exposition can work against it, with some key puzzles involving so much experimentation that the solution can end up feeling either like luck or like cheating the system.

The desolation of the world also works against the collectibles: small black orbs whose purpose is never really made clear. Given more interesting terrain and quicker movement, they could have been enjoyable to hunt down, but as it stands, only the truly dedicated are likely to seek them all out.

Screenshot for Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

There's nothing truly bad about Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion, and it certainly has its looks going for it. Unfortunately, when it comes to design, gameplay, and story, everything either feels underdeveloped or inferior to similar titles. For a couple of hours of peaceful exploration, it may be worth looking into, but after putting it down, it's unlikely that you'll ever have a heartfelt reunion with it.

Developer

Rice Cooker Republic

Publisher

Rice Cooker Republic

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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