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  • Summary: Pode is a co-op puzzle exploration game about a rock and a fallen star working together to solve ancient puzzles in a stunning environment inspired by Norwegian art and culture.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
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  1. Jun 21, 2018
    95
    Pode is breathtakingly beautiful, and a must have for any lover of puzzle games. The characters are simple but expressive, each with their own mechanics, physics, and skills, wandering a barren mountain which comes to life before your eyes. A co-op title at its core, Pode can be played in single-player with the same level of fun, and overflowing with puzzles that are fair and approachable while still offering plenty of challenge.
  2. Jul 9, 2018
    85
    Pode is a fun and relaxing puzzle game that starts out simple and becomes more complex as the game progresses and you gain new abilities. While the game is meant for co-op play, it plays just as well single-player, though you will have to constantly swap between Glo and Bulder. Having a second player can also help with solving puzzles as you have a second person helping you out, but alone or with a friend, with its enjoyable art style and relaxing atmosphere, Pode is a puzzle game worth checking out.
  3. Jun 26, 2018
    83
    If you’re looking for a puzzle-based adventure with a touch of platforming, this is your game. It’s great for co-op too, but it can be played on your own as well.
  4. Jun 21, 2018
    80
    With its subtle, relaxing and appropriate musical score, gloriously soft visuals and a simple yet emotional story, Pode succeeds in offering a generous and humble cooperative yet challenging 8-10 hours of content that will shine brightly - especially in among the assortment of fast-paced and frantic multiplayer games that we have right now on the eShop.
  5. Jul 1, 2018
    72
    Pode, even though it is only advisable to play cooperatively, is a pleasant experience most of the time. Even so, the inclusion of extremely cryptic puzzles damages the total experience.
  6. Jun 21, 2018
    71
    Pode is a solid cooperative experience but its frustrating aspects unfortunately hold it back from being a great game. That being said, if you can't get enough cute co-op adventures then you certainly won't regret at least giving it a try.
  7. 65
    Pode is a visually stunning take on the co-op puzzle genre, but misses the mark when it comes to pacing and execution. It was always an absolute joy to enter each room which was devoid of life, only to leave it booming with vivid colors and patterns. However getting to that point wasn’t always as enjoyable. The slow-paced nature lends itself better for co-op play, but even then it still gets a bit tedious and solo mode ends up being a bore.

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  1. Jul 11, 2018
    10
    The environment in this game is simply relaxing and beautiful!
    The graphics and the music are perfect. This is a 3D puzzle game that you
    The environment in this game is simply relaxing and beautiful!
    The graphics and the music are perfect. This is a 3D puzzle game that you played two little characters with different abilities who must unite to succeed in improving their path. I had more fun playing in coop than solo. I recommend this game to amateur puzzle for your game collection
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  2. Jun 24, 2018
    10
    I recently downloaded Pode on my Switch and have played for about 6 hours during the weekend. I was impressed by the elegant-simpleness andI recently downloaded Pode on my Switch and have played for about 6 hours during the weekend. I was impressed by the elegant-simpleness and quality of the gameplay, puzzles, and graphics (yes, they are impressive!). I played the game with my 5-year old, with my 7-year old and my wife. We really enjoyed the game and co-op dynamics, they are really quite fun. The characters are "quantum leap cute"! The levels are entertaining, "puzzling", and pleasant to watch (water, rock, snow, plants, glowing icons, secret doors, etc). Overall, this is one of the best family games I have ever played! Expand
  3. Jun 21, 2018
    9
    Some of the most memorable moments in games within the past decade surround the environment. If I ask you to tell me about a part fromSome of the most memorable moments in games within the past decade surround the environment. If I ask you to tell me about a part from Uncharted 2, it would likely be a number of things ranging from a falling building with you in it to a crazy train ride. Something like Layers of Fear continually changes the world around you, making it seem alive. While both of these games may be enjoyable without these moments, the environment takes them to the next level. It’s as if it’s another character in the game, and that’s how it should be.

    Pode tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a fallen star (Glo) and a rock (Bulder). The idea is to work together and reach the top of a mountain so Glo can go back to the night sky. Together the two friends will change the way the world around them, one changing the flora of the caves while the other makes rock formations sprout of the ground and walls. Working together is essential, and you can switch between the two on the fly to do what is needed. Of course, the game is meant to be played with a friend, and is much better if you choose to do so.

    When I first saw Pode, I was reminded of the co-op game ibb and obb. It’s not that they look similar, as one is 2D with very simple shapes while the other is 3D with very lush landscapes, but they both featured carefree characters that had to help one another. There are a lot of differences between the two, but perhaps the biggest is that in Pode, both characters have unique features. You can’t interchange roles for puzzles if you’re playing with a friend if it’s too hard for you – well, you can switch controllers, but you get what I’m saying. And just as often as you’ll come across puzzles that require splitting up, you’ll come across a number that require you to work intimately as well. Bulder is able to eat blocks and Glo in a manner similar to Kirby, albeit without the swallowing part. In addition to allowing for Bulder to essentially throw Glo across the room, he can open his mouth and shine the light in a certain direction, which will come in handy early on.

    The world in which you explore is truly something magical. This isn’t a game that wants to be photo realistic, but the stylized world is something you have to see in action to believe. Watching the different portions come alive as you walk across them with the different characters brings an odd sense of satisfaction. If you’re playing alone, you can have the two characters walk together and create a larger radius of effect for both their skills through the power of friendship. This eliminates the wasted time of having to explore each room with both characters, although it takes away some of the wonder. Pair the visuals with the sweeping score from Austin Wintory, and this is a truly uplifting experience.

    In all the time loving the world itself, I did find some things that were needlessly frustrating. I’ve taken 3D platforming for granted in recent years, as this is the first game in a while where I’ve fallen time and time again because I couldn’t tell where I would land. Glo is a star, so naturally there won’t be a normal shadow – however, the light that’s emitted is hardly enough to show where you’ll be landing. Strangely, I had similar issues with Bulder – I spent probably about five minutes with the limp leaves near the beginning before I figured out exactly where I wanted to jump without losing my progress. Also, if you’re looking for a super in-depth puzzle game to play with your friend like Portal 2, know that this will probably be better for bonding with your young children. Not only because of the simplicity of the puzzles, but also the aesthetic and overall story. The characters are well animated and have a lot of personality, and I think anyone with a heart will appreciate them.

    Playing through Pode is like playing through a multiplayer version of thatgamecompany’s Flower. You appreciate the beauty of nature and also come to know friendship while exploring the wonders the artists have created. If you’re looking for a game that you can sit down and relax with, single player or with someone else, I definitely recommend this.
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