Horace is a story-driven platformer coming to Switch this month

Horace Switch Nintendo Switch 505 Games pixel platformer adventure October 21 release date

505 Games has announced that indie title Horace is making its way to Nintendo Switch this October. Horace is a pixel platform adventure created by two industry veterans, Paul Helman and Sean Scaplehorn, who set out to create a unique blend of storytelling and platforming. It arrives Oct. 21 on Switch, and eShop preorders net players a 10% discount. The game previously released last year for PC.

Horace sounds like a throwback when it comes to style and structure, with some modern additions. There are Metroidvania-inspired unlocks and abilities here, along with difficult boss battles. The art style is an obvious nod to games of the 8- and 16-bit eras too, evoking some nostalgia.

Story-wise, the game attempts to be a little more contemporary. The 15-hour adventure aims to trigger genuine emotion, with the developer opting for “bold storytelling” choices. It’s littered with pop culture references too, so Horace sounds like a bit more than your average throwback platformer.

The Switch announcement trailer does little to show the game off, so we took a look at the accolades trailer. There are some high-profile endorsements in here, and an in-game character reacts to how fondly players remember him. All in all, it looks like a good addition to the Nintendo Switch library.

Have you played Horace before on PC, or are you excited to give it a go on Switch come Oct. 21?


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