As prevalent as hacking is in the gaming industry, it’s intensely interesting how it’s always used for antagonizing purposes. DDOS attacks, doxxing, and overall cheating are present in a wide variety of titles, and can even affect some smaller targets on a personal scale. Unfortunately, Quadrilateral Cowboy doesn’t tackle the magnitude of these issues, but it’s nevertheless significant to see how hacking is portrayed a different light, when it’s a problem that hasn’t just found it’s way into gaming in the past couple of years. However, does this tone change work for the better or worse, or does Blendo Games falter among the code? Let’s see.
For some really retro gamers, Quadrilateral Cowboy might remind them of what they had played back in the 80’s with Zork and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy on the Commodore 64. You rely on technology in nearly every instance, yet the game doesn’t butcher this with monotony. (Fallout 4’s terminals could sure use this lesson) This is because there’s just the right amount of variety to keep what your objectives feeling constantly new, no matter how archaic they may be. Sadly, the game has later platforming sections with finicky controls that cut some parts of this notion off, but it should be expected of an otherwise well developed difficulty curve.
Story & Design:
Quadrilateral Cowboy may not have the narration of a game like The Stanley Parable (although it certainly seems that way from the graphics alone) but in makes up for these absences more subtly than what many would expect. You have to make your own guesses based off of what you see throughout your journey, and this is one of the few times that ambiguity feels right. It’s almost like a cyberpunk Gone Home, if that makes any sense.
Presentation/ Visuals & Audio:
Quadrilateral Cowboy seems to contain a lot of influences, but this is a lot more widespread in the presentation, graphics, and sound. Some of the aesthetic reminds me a bit of what it was like to exploring the dusty confines of Aperture Science in Portal 2, or the architecture and machinery in Bioshock Infinite. For those who aren’t familiar with Blendo Games previous titles and the overall atmosphere the game is trying to set, it might be a bit confusing but after the first hour you’ll be back on track.
Quadrilateral Cowboy is an extremely unique game that is only hampered by it’s later innovations and simple story. However, the way the game presents these aspects make up for their shortcomings. The sense of awe with every task is wonderful, and it’s mind-blowing how inserting commands over and over doesn’t feel repetitious, thanks to strong design. It might be a bit unaccesible for those who haven’t played a puzzle game in a long while, but it will definitely cater to the fanatics.
Quadrilateral Cowboy gets a 8/10 (Very Good)
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