hocus

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

Good
  • Simple and mesmerising – Over 100 levels
Bad
  • Some annoyances with controls
8

Trimming down the puzzle experience to its most basic form hocus lets you play as a red cube as you attempt to traverse and manipulate all sorts of environments. It’s a game that ultimately blends optical illusions with platform game elements and with its simple design is ideal for the mobile gamer. hocus is a paid game with a free to play Android version supported by ads.

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Your objective in each game level is to guide your small red cube into a small red hole somewhere on the structure which ends the level. In total there are over 100 such levels to brain tease players and challenge your game mechanics.

This challenge stems from the fact that each level is somewhat designed after the Penrose triangle which can trick players as to which side of the shape their small red cube currently rests on. Moving your cube is an easy task on mobile devices with a single swipe pushing your cube in that direction. A handy indicator at the top of the screen guides players as to the current state of their cube with their potential moves.

While this takes awhile to get used to due to the unique design of puzzles the game also ramps up slowly to compensate for this fact. Around a dozen levels in once players have understand the core mechanics the hocus starts to play all of its cards with the likes of multiple branching paths and a number of dead ends making it enjoyable difficult.

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As a challenging puzzle game though hocus is not free of frustration with some parts where your little red cube disappears very frustrating to manage when you require to move a certain distance and change direction. The indicator does somewhat assist with this but is by no means perfect.

Despite this little annoyance hocus is a great puzzler that is worthy of those that enjoy a challenging but also mind bending game.

Summary:

  • Advance through 100s of mind bending puzzles.
  • Guide your small red cube to it’s red home.
  • Puzzles based on the Penrose triangle.
  • Blend of optical illusions and platform elements.
  • Available on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

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Videos:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qauGuPFpqGk

Review Platform: Android

This review was first published on January 13, 2018. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.


Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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