OVIVO is coming to consoles July 3rd and we are excited about it. If you have not heard about this game, you are in for a treat. We will have a full review coming in a few days but wanted to get a little more info out there about this award-winning game from IzHard. Let us begin by introducing the people behind this multi-platform Indie Game.
From the team themselves:
Our history has begun in November of the 2014th when three young people who never developed games, and even were unfamiliar with each other has decided to participate in their first hackathon. We called our team “Theytakingahobbitstoizenhard” because we are nerds and for one night made the first prototype of the black and white platformer.
It was a great experience for us and we got a lot of fun. But even more we, had pleased when our friends have played the game and they really liked it! It has given to us the confidence to continue developing. That’s how OVIVO was born.
We decided to reduce the ridiculous name of our team to more laconic – IzHard. But we didn’t know what to do next: we had neither experience, nor money, nor any representations about game developing. So we have decided to test our good luck and take a part in the international competition Imagine Cup by Microsoft where the first prize was a grant for development of a project. Then we couldn’t even imagine that in half-year we will become the winners of Imagine Cup of the 2015th.
Thanks to this victory, IzHard became a studio and development of OVIVO became her main objective. And we got the chance to make a dream game.
Awards & Recognition
“Audience choice” Games Jam 2014
“1st place in the Game category” Imagine Cup 2015
“1st place” Imagine Cup Media Award 2015
“Best Indie Game” DevGamm 2015
“Best Indie Game” Gamedev Conference 2016
“Best Art” Gamedev Conference 2016
“Best Game Design” Gamedev Conference 2016
What is OVIVO
The team describes OVIVO as:
OVIVO is a mesmerizing platformer with unusual mechanics where everything is as simple as black and white. The journey in the metaphoric world filled with illusions and hidden messages awaits you.
In the world of OVIVO Black and White exist in harmony. Constantly intertwining and replacing each other they maintain balance. The main character named OVO created from these two halves of the world and it has the ability to switch between them. OVO travels through the metaphoric world, overcomes various dangers and collects mysterious symbols. These symbols help you to unravel the story of this world but how you interpret it is completely up to you. The game tells a story about the journey to simplicity where things become ever more complex on the way.
Flow mechanics: In white, the gravity force is directed downwards, in black – upward. Preservation of momentum while transitioning from one color to another allows OVO to float along their border as if it is carried by the flow.
Fascinating art: The metaphorical world of OVIVO is full of hidden images and optical illusions.
Design without words: There is no text in the game and the story is narrated through gameplay and visuals.
Symbolism and puzzles: The game is filled with allusions and hidden messages.
Watch Some Game Paly
We are excited about this game finally making its way to consoles. There will be a full review with our opinions published prior to the release. You can go ahead and preorder now if you want or wait till July 3rd when the game releases on Switch, PS4, and Xbox. Follow us on twitter to see actual gameplay captured on the Xbox One.
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