I love it when a game reinforces the benefits of teamwork. I’m not talking about sports or any other obvious genre. No, I’m talking about a cooperative puzzle game where each character relies on the other. Kinduo is the latest in a long line of titles that has tackled this idea. So, will it stand out, or will it be one to avoid?
Developed by Nibb Games and published by Ratalaika Games, it’s a colourful retro puzzle title. It offers an array of stages that must be completed solo or with another in couch co-op mode. Sadly, it doesn’t break the mould, and many of the core concepts are well-trodden or dated.
Kinduo has an insipid plot.
You control two elemental beings who must solve problems and unlock the exit. Each stage is presented on a fixed screen and subsequently, no problem is too challenging. I tackled most of the levels solo, and this made it a little cumbersome. As a duo, it is more enjoyable as you work in harmony to progress.
The elemental friends each have strengths and weaknesses and you must utilise their powers to complete each puzzle. One is super strong and they push boxes and electrical items to help reach new heights. The other is an athletic being who is incredibly nimble and can emit electrical pulses. As individuals, they’d never make it to the exit, yet together nothing can stand in their way.
It is not tough enough.
Now, I’m a massive fan of drip-fed mechanics! I love how it adds to longevity while giving you something to work towards. Fortunately, Kinduo has this perfected. New skills, equipment, and more complex stages await you as you create a methodical plan. However, there is only one problem… it’s not tough enough!
I’m no puzzle game aficionado, but I rarely struggled to find a solution. Nibb Games has made the stages so simple that it’s a walk in the park. If you happen to get stuck, a small amount of trial and error will show you the way. Unfortunately, the lack of complexity is its downfall! There aren’t enough dead ends, and the problems lack layers. Simply put, this is an entry-level puzzle game at best.
Kinduo is fun to look at.
Kinduo looks to have been inspired by the NES and Master System era. The dated style produces a simple but fun finish that’s a little rough around the edges. Its garish tones and basic modelling may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed their unique style. The developers have incorporated a variety of landscapes as the game unfolds. Consequently, the gameplay benefits as it reduces monotony while adding some new challenges.
Sadly, Kinduo doesn’t avoid being repetitive as its audio is stuck on a loop. The same songs play repeatedly and this becomes increasingly annoying. Luckily, the music is broken up with some 8-Bit sound that nicely adds to the retro feel.
Neither the audio nor the graphics will set the world alight, but they have a certain charm. Fans of old-school gaming will love the fixed-screen perspective, smaller levels, and basic audio. Younger gamers, on the other hand, can enjoy a simpler experience.
Remarkably easy to play.
Switching between multiple characters can be troublesome. Yet, Kinduo was remarkably easy to play. Thanks to its simple button layout and tiny list of skills, you’ll master it in no time. Furthermore, the controls are responsive and this prevents you from making silly mistakes.
This minuscule puzzle game offers around thirty stages of straightforward action. As a result, you’ll need approximately 2 hours to finish this off. Unfortunately, it is lacking both longevity and replay value. If an NG+ mode was added, this would have increased the difficulty and the reasons for returning.
Kinduo needed more content.
I liked many elements within Kinduo, however, it never went far enough. It disappointed me because of the lack of depth but I enjoyed it on a superficial level. I wish the developers had made it harder, but this wasn’t to be. As a starter puzzle game, it’s great and I recommend you to buy it here! Yet, anyone else may find it lacks content or challenging problems to overcome. Can you escape every stage? Work together, use your abilities, and unlock the exit.