Hohokum Review
Hohokum Box Art
System: PS4
Dev: Honeyslug
Pub: Sony
Release: August 12, 2014
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Crude Humor and Fantasy Violence

It's also because of that lack of direction that I'd suggest Hohokum is a game best enjoyed in small doses. There are a variety of areas to explore and many secrets to be uncovered. Yet, attempting to do and see it all at once felt tedious. My time with Hohokum reminded me of the week I decided to obsess over LSD: Lucid Dream Simulator. Both are the sorts of games that leave very specific impressions on a player, but I could never imagine playing for extended periods of time. Fifteen to thirty minutes here and there is just enough.

Hohokum Screenshot

It's also important that people know going in that Hohokum isn't a traditional game. It's more ephemeral, like Entwined and Flower. You're getting something out of the experience, and I'd even argue there are stories being told here, but it's all happening in the most unconventional game. Hohokum is the equivalent of a bed time story, soothing a player before they go to sleep.

Most importantly, you get from Hohokum what you put into it. Players who investigate the nooks and crannies, seeing everything in each world, will be rewarded. Yet that isn't to say that is the "right" way to play. People who barely scratch the surface will make their own memories with the game. Hohokum is a very personal experience, and each players' explorations could will take their imaginations to different places.

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Sony has a habit of putting certain games on pedestals, heralding them as experiences that gamers only see on PlayStation. Typically, these are more experimental titles designed to evoke thoughts and feelings, artistic endeavors that test the boundaries of what games can and can't be. Hohokum fits perfectly into that category, and I'm sure we'll see it used as evidence in many "Are video games art?" debates.

By
Jenni Lada
Contributing Writer
Date: August 12, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Most worlds have their own themes, as well as their own unique inhabitants. Colors pop.
5.0
Control
If you can waggle an analog stick, you can become a master Long Mover.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Hohokum's soundtrack is mostly soothing, and I love how interacting with the environment triggers new sounds.
3.5
Play Value
I enjoyed Hohokum, but it's essentially a virtual playground and I get the feeling not every player will "get" it.
4.4
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Take on the role of a curious flying kite-like being and travel to unique worlds full of eclectic characters and interactions.
  • While there are goals, activities, and secrets to uncover, at its heart, Hohokum™ is a playground - a place to wander about and get lost in.
  • Hohokum is a cross-buy title. Buy it once, enjoy it on your PS3, PS4, and Vita.

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