Have you ever played a game that felt like Zelda on a sugar high, Portal after a good few pints, and Hyper Light Drifter doing a spiritual cleanse? If your answer is no, then you ought to meet Cocoon. This latest indie darling might just be the most eccentric lovechild of these iconic games, while simultaneously refusing to resemble any of them.
Cocoon's creator, Jeppe Carlsen, a puzzle maestro doubling as a game developer, admits to pulling his hair out when pitching his one-of-a-kind brainchild. Trying to pin Cocoon down is like capturing a cloud—elusive yet incredibly engaging. Carlsen confessed on Twitter, "It's a bit like Zelda (if you squint), vaguely Portal-like (in a funhouse mirror), and kinda-reminiscent of Hyper Light Drifter (if you turn the lights off). But not really." When you manage to concoct a game that is everything and nothing all at once, you know you've hit jackpot in the halls of weirdness and innovation.
cocoon woos players into an orb-hopping, world-jumping, and puzzle-solver galore adventure. Picture an explorer trapped in a huge Christmas ornament. Now, add in a pinch of portal-leaping action, mesmerizing worlds, intricate puzzles, and voila! You've gotten a tiny glimpse of Cocoon's brilliantly befuddling essence.
Despite its uncanny presentation, Cocoon is blowing people's socks off. It's as though Carlsen took beloved ingredients from noted games, spun them around in a blender, and birthed this alien brain-twister. The indie game rests comfortably as one of the year's highest-rated releases, priding itself on a 'Very Positive' endorsement courtesy of Steam's user reviews.
Our reviews, too, were effusive in praise for Cocoon. Five shimmering stars for its intriguing puzzle schematics, extraordinary world-hopping, captivating ambiance, and enthralling soundscapes. Even Metacritic has joined the Cocoon fan-club, placing it snug between Vampire Survivors, Hi-Fi Rush, and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty with a commanding 89 Metascore.
Cocoon is out there in the wild now; you can experience this oddball masterpiece on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch. It's a unique blend of familiar elements whipped up into something entirely novel and electrifying. Trust me, you haven't played anything like this – yet. If you're hunting for more indie wonders hidden in the undergrowth, keep an eye on our upcoming indie games list. Even in the indie world, it seems, beautiful strangeness knows no bounds.
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