I can't believe I've only just discovered this optical illusion Nintendo Switch game

Screenshots from the Gorogoa game
(Image credit: Annapurna Interactive)

We're big fans of the Nintendo Switch here at Creative Bloq. You can play it anywhere, it's great for social gaming, and it offers plenty of retro treats in the form of revamped classic games. 

We constantly keep track of new releases for updates to our pick of the best Nintendo Switch games, but here's a real gem that somehow passed us by. Gorogoa may just be the most beautiful Nintendo Switch game yet – and it's packed full of optical illusions.

Developed by Jason Roberts and published by Annapurna Interactive, Gorogoa is a puzzle game but with a mechanics, atmosphere and artistic style that make it completely unique, and each puzzle is also an optical illusion. It's a reflective, dreamlike, even spiritual game that looks stunning and feels almost more like a book or a painting than a video game.

The game is played through four drag-and-drop panels that provide windows into a hand-drawn universe. The scenes at first seem unrelated, ranging from the commonplace to dark images of a destroyed city. Puzzles are completed by manipulating these scenes and moving the panels themselves to create new, sometimes surprising, scenes full of life.

The meaning of the detailed landscapes and the juxtaposed contrasting images evolves as the game progresses in a world where the laws of physics don't apply. Coupled with the game's themes and artistic style, it makes for a mysterious, ambiguous slightly melancholy atmosphere that stays with you long after the couple of hours the game takes to complete.

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Gorogoa is also available for PS4, XBox One, Android, iPhone and Steam.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.