Coming on like a cross between Lost Vikings and Lemmings, Goroons is a co-op platformer with an emphasis on puzzling. It’s all about getting from A to B, and rearranging the level in-between to get there. And it’s available right now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Each of your gruesome-looking Goroons has a specialist power, whether that be forming bridges, pushing blocks, jumping or being so heavy that you can lower platforms (we’re definitely that kind of Goroon). Your task is to use them in the right combination to get where you’re going.
What separates Goroons from similar games is the emphasis on co-op. That doesn’t mean that perhaps two people could play if they wanted (although, they can); it means that Goroons has been designed from the ground up to be played by four players at the same time. You get four Goroons, and you need to use their powers individually, and sometimes simultaneously, to get to the exit. It really has been designed for friends.
There’s a lovely claymation-styling to the Goroons, and their levels are all neon and garish, making this look like a good one for the family to enjoy. The caveat here being that developers Epopeia Games are emphasising the difficulty on offer here, so it might take several tries to get each level right.
It comes packaged with a story, but we’re not entirely sure if we’ve got it right: the Goroons are chasing after their guardian princess who has been kidnapped by a golden arrow. It’s not your conventional choice for a villain, but we’ll go along with it.
Goroons looks like a team-building exercise in a cartoony puzzle form, but a dozen times more interesting than we just made it sound.
Goroons is out now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and starts at £4.19 from the Xbox Store, with a reduction to £3.77 for launch. You can also purchase it as part of an Epopeia Puzzle bundle alongside cube-based puzzle game IIN for £6.69 (reduced to £5.35 right now). Goroons is also out on PC via Steam.
Goroons is a Co-op puzzle game about cooperation, communication, and cute monsters with unique abilities! *History:* These lovable creatures had their guardian princess attacked by a mysterious golden arrow, putting their entire planet in danger. Goroons, unite! Fight this giant menace from the inside, and take back the power that can save the princess and protect everybody! *Creatures with metamorphic powers:* Every Goroon is born with a morph skill and several forms, each form suited for a specific task. With their powers and teamwork, you can beat every challenge ahead. *All for One and One for All:* You can play solo or join up to 3 friends to face the challenges ahead. *Your actions and your decisions need to be in perfect synch:* Will be not easy, each level was designed to make you think harder, so you’ll have to work a lot to predict the right moves, making sure every step goes toward your success;