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By Tom "El Diablo" Brock on March 23, 2018

Let me start off by saying that when I first started this game, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. Cause boy, I got myself into quite a thing! So, Octahedron started with a fun little video that immediately showed the retro arcade style that the game has to it, which I absolutely loved. But what came after was something I was truly not prepared for...

Octahedron is a game in which you have to complete levels in order to get through to the next stage of the game. It all starts off really nice and easy, with a tutorial level. So in this level, I noticed you only needed 3 different things; your thumbstick, the X button and either the Square button or the R2 button (yes, I play on PS4, and so should you xoxoxo). So I thought: "Well, this is going to be a walk in the park!" What came afterwards was the biggest punch in the stomach I've received in a long, long time.

The first level was pretty easy and self-explanatory, the second level was already a lot harder but manageable. Level three however, almost made me throw my controller against the wall. I felt absolutely powerless about the fact that I couldn't manage to get through one of the earliest levels in a game that only requires you to use three things on your controller. I tried, I tried and I tried but I just couldn't manage to get it done, so I turned off my PS4 for the day and resumed play the next day.

The following day, I sat through about 37 more attempts until I completely knew the level from bottom to top (yes, I said that on purpose, cause you need to move upwards to clear levels). At the 38th attempt, I finally managed to make it to the top and proceed to level 4! I felt like the king of the world, I celebrated with a massive party. It was glorious...

My euphoria lasted right up until the moment started level 4 though... Given the fact that I managed to get through level 4 in only 12 attempts (I know that's still a lot, don't judge me), I still had my fair share of rage moments. However, it gave me hope that I could actually finish the game if I would spend the right amount of time to master it.

That hope was crushed as soon as level 5 started, a level in which Octahedron found about 3 more ways to say "Fuck you" to me. New obstacles to beat, new types of enemies trying to absolutely ruin my day, and quite frankly many more ways in which the game basically would tell me to just give up already. But, being the absolute hero that I am, and for the purpose of this review, I kept on trying. And that same day, only 9 hours after my first attempt I managed to beat level 5.

While making my way through the past 5 levels, I collected electronic flowers and by the time I reached level 6, I had enough of them to advance to world 2. But instead of just being able to skip level 6, the last level of world 1, they forced me to go through that as well, even though I had collected enough electronic flowers to be eligible to advance to world 2.

So with my dying breath I started level 6, but as soon as I came to a point where I couldn't even figure out how I was supposed to get past it, let alone actually do it, I just quit. I couldn't handle it anymore. I honestly really enjoyed the game but it was simply too hard for me. I do really believe that an absolute die-hard would laugh at my attempts and be able to beat the game but, alas, I am not that person.

Although I was not capable of handling the game properly, Octahedron is definitely a game I would recommend to my gaming friends that are looking for a true challenge. The feeling you get when you finally manage to beat a level is incredible, and the retro arcade style graphics of the game are just awesome! So don't let my incapability to beat the game stop you from getting it yourself, cause it's most definitely worth it!

available on:

Demimonde & Square Enix Collective
March 20, 2018