Hue: Brighter For The Better
Around here, we love indie video games. The smaller teams, the less is more ideology, the creativity-- we love it all. Hue is an indie game that starts in a world of black and gray but through your gameplay becomes vibrant and vivacious.
Who made Hue?
Henry Hoffman and Dan Da Rocha. The game itself places its location in England. Henry is a developer for Newfangled Games (link here). Fiddlesticks and Fiddlesticks Games Limited also developed this project.
How did you get it?
I'm not sponsored by Epic Games but they have free games every Thursday. Sometimes it has multiple games, sometimes it is expensive games, and sometimes it's diamond in the rough indie games like Hue.
What's Hue about?
It's a 2D puzzle platformer that explores the story of a mom and son which makes it perfect for February when everyone talks about love and relationships. Mom was a scientist researching colors now trapped within the rainbow. You know what they say, feel the rainbow, get trapped in the rainbow. (Sorry). You play as her son, collecting the colors and helping the townsfolk led by a mysterious cloaked man.
The Core Mechanics
Once you obtain a color you add it to your color wheel where you flip between the colors. Therein lies the core game mechanic for the puzzles. It's very clever as you can flip back and forth and it keeps you from going to certain areas too early. The other mechanics let you walk, jump, climb ladders, just like any other platformer (think Mario).
Initial feedback for Hue
Takeaway Several Months Later
The game's backstory begs the question of "do the ends justify the means? Is the price of progress worth it?" The research was dangerous and mom cannot come back to the "normal" world. Not only that, but mom doomed her son to be in the rainbow with her (at least to my understanding).
I will say it reminds me of the allegory of the cave where once you've seen the light that you share the gift of knowledge with others only to be rejected for your ideals. (link for the allegory here). Although I am unsure of what to think about the research, I will say it is my personal canon that the professor is your dad since this game also has a central theme around family. Overall a very cute game and I wish more people knew about it/played it.
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