Umiro – Review (PC)
Umiro is a puzzle game that looked to be designed for a mobile platform then brought over to PC. It could be the other way around but it feels this way. This is not a negative and I will explain below.
Umiro has a simple approach but then will slowly make your brain work overtime trying to solve these puzzles. The goal is to trace a path for Huey and Satura from their starting point around the level and collect the crystals. Huey is dressed in blue and Satura in red, you have to collect their respective color crystals to complete the level. There are also yellow crystals to collect if you want to dive in a little deeper into the world of Umiro. Seems fairly easy right? Not so much. You have to trace the lines watching the movements of the obstacles to avoid and have to do it for both characters. Once you think you have it set, you press play and pray that you didn’t screw up or cut a corner too sharp and hit a moving black ball of death. The timing was challenging. It helped a lot by drawing one character’s line trying to keep sync with all of the movements in the area. Then start tracing the next character keeping the same timing as the first one. Umiro is challenging but in a good refreshing way. Though some levels feel repetitive in some fashion you’re not using the same solution in every area.
Umiro has a simple look, yet the areas have nice character and details. It does make you feel that you are in a different place especially since the theme of the story is wandering the unknown to figure out how and why you got there. The cutscenes were simple panning still images but they did the job. Again this is a mobile game as well so don’t expect anything crazy.
The game starts off fairly vague. You start with Huey, you have no idea where you are but you are looking for someone and answers on how you got there. With the collection of every crystal, you remember a bit more and that progresses the game fairly well. Especially if you start getting frustrated with the puzzles, it’s a nice little push. The same goes for Satura, she also has no memory and will need to collect her crystals to start piecing things together. There are just over 40 levels so don’t expect to plow through the story quickly.
There really much of a replay value besides wanted to get back into the game. There are some achievements for you completionists out there. At a price point of $2.99, you’re not going to go wrong here.
Umiro at a price point of $2.99 on PC and mobile is a fun puzzle game. The story is intriguing and spikes curiosity. The puzzles are challenging and sometimes frustrating but the story peaks enough interest to continue solving them.
Note: GameOctane Editor Jason Germino received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Challenging puzzles
+ Story grabs interest
+ $2.99 price point on Mobile on PC
- Puzzles can sometimes be frustrating enough to put it down
- Some puzzles can feel repetitive