Advertisement

OrThought


  • Currently 3.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 3.6/5 (50 votes)
| Comments (11) | Views (10)

DoraOrThoughtYou can file OrThought, the first title from Eketech Games, under "Things That Make You Go Hmmm". Billed as a 3D block pushing game, it lulls you into a false sense of sokoban (or Chip's Challenge) flavoured security. You settle yourself in for a nice long evening of puzzles when, alas! A moose! Clutching your top hat in terror, you look for an exit and spy it far above you, the path made treacherous by heavy blocks, ice, and bouncing balls! Will you make it? Or will you fall into the depths of... THE BIT BUCKET? Despite its flaws, OrThought is worth your time to find out.

You can play OrThought with either the [WASD] keys for movement and [QERF] to manipulate the camera, or with the [arrow] and [/*-+] keys, which serve the same functions. You want to get to the exit in each level, represented helpfully by a big E block. Every time you fail, whether it be by falling off the map or breaking beneath the mighty mass of a marauding moose, you'll have to start over from the beginning of the level. If you get stuck, you can reset the level at the top of the screen from the menu bar. OrThought does not feature an autosave function, so remember to save your game on each level and before you quit.

There is a sense here that OrThought is almost, almost, absolutely fantastic. But just because it falls shy of achieving that doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable. There is a staggering amount of ambition behind this game, from the wonderful complexity of some of the puzzles to the simple yet charming 3D presentation itself. There are teleportation pads, ice blocks, water, keys, robots and much more to discover, each with their own set of rules and behaviours. It makes what would otherwise be a typical sokoban puzzle into something really special.

Unfortunately, OrThought's biggest enemy is its own interface. The controls can be frustrating when you first start off, which may turn off people looking for a more laid-back experience. With no Undo feature, any mistakes you make can force you to restart the level. Considering how quickly the game begins flooding you with new elements, it's too easy to make a misstep. If you can stick with it, OrThought offers a lot of challenging puzzles and clever gameplay. As a first effort, it makes its share of mistakes, but it also does a lot of things right, and puzzle fans who give this one a chance may just find something to love.

Play OrThought

11 Comments

How odd, this game was on JIG earlier today when I refreshed the screen and when I went to play it I had issues with it going to white screen. I entered that into the comments and just a minute or two later it's as if Orthought never existed on JIG in the first place. Now it's back, and game play seems to be working again.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

It was inadvertently published earlier before it was ready.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I find the perspective controls rather wonky. It's sometimes difficult getting the right perspective so I can follow my little guy. Interesting game though.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

This game has a lot of untapped potential.

The biggest flaws with it are the inability to do a full 360 deg pan, and the

*difficulty curve*! Once it got to the level with the enemies, I just gave up.

Also, while it would be difficult, true perspective would help (blocks in the background should be smaller than the foreground).

But all in all, this is a very good game that IMO has potential to be a great one!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I like this game. But I could not proceed past the Lock Trap level.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

A three-dimensional sokoban! I think my life is complete...

Well, okay, the control scheme here leaves something to be desired, but it's a unique idea and a lot of fun.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Ann Quark August 29, 2009 10:52 AM

That is a really good game, with, which is not really common, a really nice and smooth music. Yes, the architecture is sometimes hard to figure out, but the interest and tricks of the different levels make this one a great puzzle game.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

It's a great game, but it is lacking something. I can't get past level 7, with the movable ladders. I'll come back to it another time.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Why do I get killed by a mouse??? A moose, sure, but a mouse?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
billyswong August 30, 2009 6:43 AM

A zoom-out feature is seriously needed. The game don't need to spend so much cpu on true 3d. Just let me see the whole map! I am on map 15 brain freeze. Those no-turning-until-one-hit-the-wall maze need one to plan ahead a lot. And I can't see the full maze no matter what angle I choose. Absolutely annoying.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Finally a new sokoban, and it looks good, too.
No, wait, I have to flee from mice. Stress in stead of puzzle!
Too bad, this might have been a great game.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
1,001 Views
3 Comments
Caves Online> Johnny123 An online platform game that pits you against the "ghosts" of players who've run the course before you. Use the arrow keys to jump, dodge and collect gold as you avoid lava pits, skeletons and the ever-sliding view.  ...
394 Views
1 Comment
Primary Max> Lori.h Play around in Max's clone lab and test out his new machine by solving puzzles. Use your clones as stepping stools and button pushers but make sure they get back, as you find your exit, to prevent a time paradox.  ...
372 Views
0 Comments
Manor Memoirs> starchild Scarlett has just moved into an old, decrepit manor, looking for inspiration for her new book. But who can write in a house that's falling apart? That's where you come in. As a seasoned interior decorator/garage sale organiser, you will do your best to raise money to renovate the old place. Manor Memoirs is a wonderfully sweet hidden-object/time management hybrid that's guaranteed to make you smile.  ...
2,855 Views
14 Comments
History Museum Escape> Dora Trapped overnight in the history museum, if you want to escape you'll need to solve puzzles and craft some pretty darned clever tools in this short but sweet game also available free for iOS and Android.  ...

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Mystery Trackers: Blackrow's Secret

Browser game of the week

Gridland

Mobile game of the week

History Museum Escape

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Popular on JiG


The Room

Virtual Villagers: Origins

Submachine 9: The Temple

Surgeon Simulator 2013

The House 2

Papa's pastaria

Fireboy and Watergirl 4: The Crystal Temple

Fireboy and Watergirl 3: The Ice Temple

Moonchild

The Royal Trap

Loren the Amazon Princess

1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum

Magical Diary

Heileen Series

Visit our great partner: maxcdn!

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2014 JayIsGames.com. All Rights Reserved.