GAME NAME: Full Bore
DEVELOPER(S): Whole Hog Games
PUBLISHER(S): Nkidu Games
PLATFORM(S): PC, Linux
GENRE(S): 2D Puzzle-Platformer
RELEASE DATE(S): May 6, 2014
Boar, Boar, Boar. I don’t want to bore you with the boar puns but I just can’t get enough of them. Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system let’s continue. I had the pleasure of reviewing Full Bore by Whole Hog Games. Full Bore is a 2D puzzle platformer that’s available on the PC and Linux platform.
I did a hands on impression with one of our other GameGravy writer’s Eddie earlier in the month. You can find that video below at the end of the review. You start off by having the option of selecting your boar of choice. You can select Frederick the male boar or Hildi the female boar. There is clearly a right choice and a wrong choice, we chose Frederick as his name is awesome. The concept behind the gameplay is it’s a 2D open world puzzle platformer filled with treasure, puzzles and plenty of places to explore. More than anything this game is about manipulating blocks. A few puzzles are straight forward, dig here in this spot to get a gem, others are very demanding and require you to think about six to seven steps ahead which takes some critical thinking. This isn’t just a dig simulator this is a true puzzle masterpiece. You can push, dig and stomp blocks which affect the environment differently. Some blocks have loose dirt around them which you can dig and that adds complexity as well. While some blocks have special abilities like laser blocks for example. To activate a laser block you’ll need to find the battery blocks and push them together to power the laser to clear certain hard concrete areas to progress further.
You can control your boar a few different ways. You can move up, down, left and right, you can also move diagonally but you’re not able to do a full jump which adds to the challenge. If you get stuck somewhere in the world you can open up the time reverse menu and rewind to a spot where you weren’t stuck. This comes in a handy quite a bit when exploring new sections of the map. While you’re exploring you’ll find lore items, gems to collect, warp zones, and mysteries and secret areas to discover. This is truly a deep and time intensive game that can keep you busy for a long time, so the replay value is high.
In regards to the story its very light, there’s very little incentive to progress further. You have missions to collect things but finding those items can so complicated you’ll forget what you were trying to find while solving the puzzles. The music in game is quite awesome it’s very catchy and it helps keep you in the game and gives you a great track to problem solve to. It’s the kind of music that makes you feel. The graphics are also unique and very good. Full Bore has a retro 16 bit vibe and a bright wide range color palette.
If you are a huge puzzle gamer or like platform games, I very much recommend this game. You will dig the pig. If you don’t have patience or the knack for critical thinking and problem solving then I think you would get frustrated and not enjoy this game. Whole Hog games did an excellent job at creating a beautiful looking and sounding 2D puzzle platformer that has such a high replay value and ability to be expanded with DLC content. If you are in the least bit curious I recommend checking it out, you surely won’t be disappointed. Bore on!