Quick Thoughts On: Gomo

It’s a well know fact that dogs are man’s best friend. A lesser know one is they’re also pals with strange sack doll people, who don’t take so kindly to having their pet kidnapped by demanding aliens. But what are friends for besides rescuing each other from extra terrestrial life, while dooming the planet in the process, and thus Gomo sets off on a mission to steal a powerful crystal and save his canine buddy from the slimy captive. Unfortunately he isn’t able to save his game as well.

Daedalic’s Gomo is a much smaller game than the developer is used to, and this emphasis on accessible, simplified mechanics envelops the whole of the 1-2 hour experience. I’m fairly forgiving of short games, but in this case the lack of content and interactivity is rather shocking. Significant portions of the game amount to little more than cutscenes, with “gameplay” effectively revolving around clicking the right of the screen to keep things moving. When you do come across a puzzle, it’s so basic and quick to solve that it almost feels insulting and a waste of time, forcing you to momentarily slow down and wait for animations to unfold before progressing to the next equally tedious moment.

Gomo isn’t a hopelessly bad game, in fact numerous parts are rather charming and enjoyable to watch, but it’s design is painfully shallow and ultimately, entirely forgettable. The significant lack of interactivity leaves it in an awkward position feeling more like an extended animated short than an actual game, but the few entertaining moments are not at all enough to carry the experience by itself, which ends before you even realize it’s started or has any chance of becoming more than a dismissible novelty.


"Quick Thoughts" is a subset of my normal reviews for smaller games which might not fit into a full review but I still have something to say about.
Gomo was developed by Fishcow Studio and is available on PC and Mac via Steam for $7.99.

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