As the guardian angel-in-training assigned to watch over Harold, you’re going to need a miracle to get him safely through a series of increasingly challenging obstacle courses in one piece. Shoot lightning, delay the other racers and move heaven and earth to give Harold the boost he needs to win!
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Release Date: Feb 12, 2015

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About This Game

Harold’s going to need a miracle to get through this race in one piece… That’s where you come in!

As the guardian angel-in-training assigned to watch over Harold as he competes in a series of increasingly complicated and dangerous obstacle courses, you must summon all your otherworldly might to get this hopeless contender across the finish line in first place. Shoot lightning and move heaven and earth to open up new ways forward for Harold while delaying the other racers just long enough for him to win.

He may not be the smartest. He may not be the fastest. He is definitely not the strongest. But you’re in this together. No one said earning your wings would be an easy job.

Key Features

Action-packed racing – Harold will need all the help he can get outrunning the competition while jumping, swinging and sliding across the very many treacherous environmental hazards that litter each course. Use your angelic powers to manipulate objects in the world, send the other racers into traps and light a fire under Harold whenever he starts to fall behind.
Celestial challenges – Harold brings you 12 unique and varied courses across 3 special game modes. Each level offers multiple routes to victory that will require skill and determination to master. While fun and accessible to everyone, only a true guardian will divine the perfect path to first place on each track.
Beautiful hand-drawn animation – Inspired by classic 2D animated films, Harold’s richly drawn characters and vibrant background scenery are a perfect match for its absurd comic premise, creating one of the most visually stunning and stylistic experiences in gaming.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-2105 and higher or AMD Phenom II X4 B95 and higher
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 and higher or AMD Radeon HD 8470D and higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated sound card
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad required (Xbox 360/One recommended)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-4150 and higher or AMD Phenom II X6 1055T and higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 460 and higher or Radeon HD 8950 and higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated sound card
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad required (Xbox 360/One recommended)
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Getty
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
Game is broken for the xbox one controller on win10.
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Papa Ghas
( 777.0 hrs on record )
Posted: August 7, 2015
Guys how do I turn this off???
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TRU±Identity
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4, 2015
Key supplied by developer for review.
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Harold
(Read on for the full review!)
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TL;DR

Harold is a torturously difficult obstacle-based running game that requires a keen sense of timing. You, Gabriel, must guide Harold through his races in real time while getting at least third place in this absolutely gorgeous game with good music.

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Pros
+Gameplay: Hard but satisfying.
+Animations: GORGEOUS.
+Graphics: Detailed, look hand-drawn.
+Music: Really good, but tracks are similar to each other.
+Sounds: Perfect. Good sense of timing and encouragement.
+Narration: Kid-friendly, good voice-acting.
+Menus: Minimal AND intuitive as heck.

Cons
-Brutally hard timing requirements.

Neutral
+/- Have to practice before every level. Really, it makes sense, and is appreciated, as opposed to failing mid-race over and over, but can get a bit tedious.

======================================

Introduction

Welcome to Harold, the obstacle-based running game! In Harold, you surprisingly do not play as Harold, but play Harold indirectly as Gabriel. Gabriel is Harold's guardian angel, and your task is to see this unlikely runner to victory in races. Seraphiel is your nemesis in this task, doing everything she can to achieve victory in your place.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Harold is a blast. You, again, are Gabriel, Harold's guardian angel, trying to see him through his races in at least third place. That's not so hard, right? Wrong. In Harold, timing is everything, and you will be required to perform tasks with brutally tight timing. What tasks are you trying to perform you ask? Good question!

In Harold, you will be required to perform many tasks, such as speeding Harold across drawbridges, knocking out crocodiles, and lowering or raising, as well as panning obstacles for Harold to cross them. But wait, the fun doesn't end there! You can also, with good timing, mess up other runners' journeys through said obstacles, getting you closer to victory. There is one other feature in the form of puff power. Puff power is used to either save Harold from an improperly passed obstacle such as a crocodile or fall, or to encourage him, which makes him go faster.

There is a balance to be struck between encouraging Harold, getting him safely across obstacles, and to further puff pickups. If you fail the obstacle and don't have any puff power, you will have to start over, so be careful!

All of this makes for extremely fun and engaging gameplay, with good incentivation and strangely enough a pretty high feeling of reward. If the reward of satisfaction isn't enough, the cheering and confetti flying at the end of a well-performed race will perhaps push your fun-o-meter over the edge. The only thing to make a special note of is the pretty high difficulty curve. You've been warned.

Graphics

Harold is a beautifully animated game with a very slick menu and equally slick transitions. The art looks to be hand-drawn, and is very detailed. The animations are even more detailed, with each runner featuring a unique set of art and animations alike. There are a wealth of colors and they are all vibrant and eye-pleasingly used.

The menu system is minimal in every way, allowing you to choose races (levels) and the options corresponding to them simaltaneously, which is ingenious design. The menus are all made up mainly of pictures and background images, but the font that it uses when it uses a font is pleasing to the eye and a nice soft white, a good contrast against the colorful backdrops.

Audio

The audio in Harold is also very well done. The narration is flawless, and kid-friendly, with great intonation and sense of pausing, as well as unique voices for each character used, a major plus in my book. The music is also very good, although slightly repetitive, since the racing themes feel like variations on each other.

Conclusion

Harold is truly a gem, albeit a frustratingly hard gem. Like diamond level hard. The artstyle is wonderful, and well executed, the animations are fluid and varied, and the audio is wonderfully easy on the ears, as well as encouraging. There is polish all around, and the only problem you'll ever run into is the game's brutal timing requirements. If you're up for a very big challenge, but a fun one, Harold is for you!

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Dead Panic
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7, 2015
Visuals are amazing. But way too complicated for the rewards of the game: cut scene/story

Too many buttons just to get through. Next time design for the player not for yourself.
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Is that so~?
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5, 2015
I think I would describe this as the Dark souls of racing games.

In Harold, you're a guardian angel, a prodigy guardian angel, being the protector of Harold, guidim him though obstacle courses that may or may not be lethal (Sawblade wound? Pffft, that's nothing)

The only control you have over Harold (The guy you're helping) is boosting his speed for a few seconds or making him jump, harold won't stop ever, unless, of course, he hits a wall.

This game gets hard really fast, you're managing Harold, sabotaging other racers and, your "puff power" wich are lives and boosters for Harold at the same time. Thankfully, before every race, there are some training stages that guide you though the obstacles of the next race, with stars showing you the best paths to take.

This game is so damn pretty! The animated look like something that could come from a cartoon show, there's usually an animation between stages, one before each and another one in the middle of the race if you find a secret.

The story is also pretty good, simplistic yeah, but good, it fits well in the whole theme of the game.

I really recommend this game if you want challenge and feel warm and fuzzy inside due to pretty graphics
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Sepppp
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2, 2015
This is quite a neat puzzle/racing game. Keeping Harold in the race isn't as easy as it seems at first, and scoring first place is even harder. But i would count that as positive for the game. The controls are fairly simple and easy to learn, although you might get confused on switching between obstacles for the first few times.

Other than that, the game features enjoyable, but not bothersome music (background choir!), a nice not-everyday-story (although nothing extraordinary or too deep), beautiful hand drawn graphics and funny animations.

I'd recommend this game to everyone who likes puzzle games, the art style, or someone who just wants to relax and have a few smiles or even a laugh for a few minutes, as the game never takes anything too serious.

And nobody could ever be really mad on clumsy Harold for being...well...Harold.
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Crumpet King
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26, 2015
Saw this game on offer so thought I would buy the game and see what is is like....

I LOVE THIS GAME! Sure I want to pull my hair out and punch the wall after dying over and over and over again throughout the race!! But that is what makes it fun for me! Failing over and over until eventually I win! And that winning feeling is so nice! Graphically it is lovely, music is catchy and the gameplay is very fluid. I really enjoy this game.

As one man once said “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” You will fall a lot on this game and you will pick yourself back up again and tackle the race head on once more!

Here is some gameplay :) enjoy

https://youtu.be/f19WiAiLXc8
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Ziltoid Le Muet
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23, 2015
this game is beautiful. The cartoon arts are splendid and it s a real pleasure just to look at the game.

It is incredibly difficult tough. U'll need ninja reflexes just to hope to get to the first place in the first race.

It's not for me at all, with my handicap and my troubles with coordinating both hands perfecly, i will not be able to do anything in this game, I know it already.

achievements are not even rewarding casual play...too bad.

If u are up for the challenge, buy it, it's gorgeous and you will be proud of you, I'm sure.

And the steam cards are really nice.

But from my own personal perspective, i can't recommend it.
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pearce64
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23, 2015
Bought this today, very much enjoying it. Takes a bit of thinking and co-ordination......
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57 of 77 people (74%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2015
***Written using a key provided by the Developer for review purposes***

Harold is a very challenging, action-packed, platformer running/racing game which is currently available through Early Access on Steam. You take control of a guardian angel in training and you have to watch over Harold, the underdog of the competition, as he takes part in practices, races and challenges while making sure he stays ahead of the competition. Taking place across 12 stages you must first complete a practice mode where you familiarise yourself with the stage, then you take part in a race against five other competitors each controlled by another angel in training and after the race you can take part in an incredibly difficult challenge mode where you have to run the whole course without dying while collecting stars.

+Absolutely beautiful design, in particular the background scenery
+A very likeable main character (Harold) who is also well designed, as are the other competitors
+Despite only having 12 stages the different game modes, and the difficulty of the game, Harold provides hours of entertainment
+Great story behind the game
+Entertaining cartoon style cutscenes
+Great humour, I laughed out loud a fair few times while playing
+Wonderful voice acting
+Interaction with the level itself is well thought out, fun and at times challenging
+You only need to finish in third place to unlock the next event which makes it great for all players
+Each stage introduces a new mechanic/obstacle
+Great animation
+Great soundtrack
+Very nice special effects

+/-You fail a lot in this game, personally I enjoyed retrying certain sections until I got it just right but some people may find it irritating, it really just depends on how much failing numerous times bothers you

-It doesn't have keyboard and mouse controls so the only way to play is with a controller which seems strange for a PC only game
-The controls for interacting with the environment are quite difficult to get used to in my opinion

Verdict:
9

An outstanding platform racing game with wonderful design and challenging gameplay, I cannot recommend this game enough especially to those who like a challenge.

El K.
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2015
Key supplied by developer for review.
======================================
Harold
(Read on for the full review!)
======================================

TL;DR

Harold is a torturously difficult obstacle-based running game that requires a keen sense of timing. You, Gabriel, must guide Harold through his races in real time while getting at least third place in this absolutely gorgeous game with good music.

======================================

Pros
+Gameplay: Hard but satisfying.
+Animations: GORGEOUS.
+Graphics: Detailed, look hand-drawn.
+Music: Really good, but tracks are similar to each other.
+Sounds: Perfect. Good sense of timing and encouragement.
+Narration: Kid-friendly, good voice-acting.
+Menus: Minimal AND intuitive as heck.

Cons
-Brutally hard timing requirements.

Neutral
+/- Have to practice before every level. Really, it makes sense, and is appreciated, as opposed to failing mid-race over and over, but can get a bit tedious.

======================================

Introduction

Welcome to Harold, the obstacle-based running game! In Harold, you surprisingly do not play as Harold, but play Harold indirectly as Gabriel. Gabriel is Harold's guardian angel, and your task is to see this unlikely runner to victory in races. Seraphiel is your nemesis in this task, doing everything she can to achieve victory in your place.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Harold is a blast. You, again, are Gabriel, Harold's guardian angel, trying to see him through his races in at least third place. That's not so hard, right? Wrong. In Harold, timing is everything, and you will be required to perform tasks with brutally tight timing. What tasks are you trying to perform you ask? Good question!

In Harold, you will be required to perform many tasks, such as speeding Harold across drawbridges, knocking out crocodiles, and lowering or raising, as well as panning obstacles for Harold to cross them. But wait, the fun doesn't end there! You can also, with good timing, mess up other runners' journeys through said obstacles, getting you closer to victory. There is one other feature in the form of puff power. Puff power is used to either save Harold from an improperly passed obstacle such as a crocodile or fall, or to encourage him, which makes him go faster.

There is a balance to be struck between encouraging Harold, getting him safely across obstacles, and to further puff pickups. If you fail the obstacle and don't have any puff power, you will have to start over, so be careful!

All of this makes for extremely fun and engaging gameplay, with good incentivation and strangely enough a pretty high feeling of reward. If the reward of satisfaction isn't enough, the cheering and confetti flying at the end of a well-performed race will perhaps push your fun-o-meter over the edge. The only thing to make a special note of is the pretty high difficulty curve. You've been warned.

Graphics

Harold is a beautifully animated game with a very slick menu and equally slick transitions. The art looks to be hand-drawn, and is very detailed. The animations are even more detailed, with each runner featuring a unique set of art and animations alike. There are a wealth of colors and they are all vibrant and eye-pleasingly used.

The menu system is minimal in every way, allowing you to choose races (levels) and the options corresponding to them simaltaneously, which is ingenious design. The menus are all made up mainly of pictures and background images, but the font that it uses when it uses a font is pleasing to the eye and a nice soft white, a good contrast against the colorful backdrops.

Audio

The audio in Harold is also very well done. The narration is flawless, and kid-friendly, with great intonation and sense of pausing, as well as unique voices for each character used, a major plus in my book. The music is also very good, although slightly repetitive, since the racing themes feel like variations on each other.

Conclusion

Harold is truly a gem, albeit a frustratingly hard gem. Like diamond level hard. The artstyle is wonderful, and well executed, the animations are fluid and varied, and the audio is wonderfully easy on the ears, as well as encouraging. There is polish all around, and the only problem you'll ever run into is the game's brutal timing requirements. If you're up for a very big challenge, but a fun one, Harold is for you!

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35 of 47 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2015
Harold is a challenging, high quality hand-drawn 2D platforming racing game where you play as a guardian angel in learning, trying to graduate from school into a prestige academy, you have to at least win 3rd place in all (I think all) races. The twist is, you mainly control the environment of the race, with only a jump action you can do with the character that's in the race.

The hand drawn graphics are really high quality, and it looks gorgeous along side the animations and the music too. At first glance one could say it's a game that came out of a Disney movie, the 2D classic kind, not the CGI kind.

The story is cheerful one, and the characters are nice and likable, accompanied with great voice acting. And just the whole presentation of the game is almost spotless, with the right fine touches being applied. The music is just damn awesome and 'magical' if one could say, it reminded me the awesome music from Lilo & Stitch.

The gameplay is you racing with having control mainly of the environment rather than the character, where you have to interact with certain parts of the environment, and little character control, which is only jumping and enabling a speed bost, to be able to finish a race.

The game itself is really challenging, even from the beginning, which is why they always have a practice session before every new race in a new level for you to get an idea of how you manage and finish the level. It was also a good thing for me that they didn't make it mandatory that you have to finish first place, and they made it where you have to finish at least at third place.

Along the way you will learn new techniques every now and then regarding a level, that will introduce something new you will have to cope with, in order to finish the level in most cases, or learn how to better use them and finishing the level in the fastest possible way at first place.

There's a decent amount of content for you to go through and finish, with a challenge mode for each level that's even changed up a bit in a different way where you have to finish the race with speed bost on and not failing once, and that mode helps add more replayability.

The bad thing is that it's sometimes it's hard to tell where the character you play as is standing, especially in speed mode, which results in fuzzy knowledge of when to jump. The other problem is on PC, there's no keyboard and mouse support, only controller support, and that's not a good thing. To those who say that it isn't a big deal, sure, but imagine for a moment that a game on console gets released, and it only has keyboard and mouse support, no controller support. Bad right?

The game's presentation is just spot on amazing, with the art, animations, special effects, voice acting, the beginning to the ending, the story, all of which one would think they developers hired a director from Disney movies. That plus the good challenging and different type of gameplay. I went to have another look, and actually the game is inspired by classic Disney animation, with Hollywood animation veterans that have worked on it, so no wonder this game looks great.

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Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2015
Hi! I may not recommend the game, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad one.

The animation for one is absolutely gorgeous, as is the art direction. I also liked the lighthearted story before my gamepad died on me (gamepad required, so, wasn't able to experience more). However...As well made as various segments are, none of them felt cohesive during my time with the game and I didn't end up really enjoying more than a part here or there. Let me explain:

In Harold, you play as a guardian angel in training. You're at top of your class but through some cruel twist of fate, in the final exam needed to become a guardian, you're assigned to protect/guide a lovable klutz named Harold through a series of races. It's a simple, innocent story that provides a nice framework for your job of zapping Harold to make him go faster and launching opponents into pits of spikes.

Actual gameplay consists of going through a level a number of times in several modes. The first is "Practice" and can not be skipped. Ostensibly, you're supposed to be learning how to best navigate the actual race to come by making Harold collect stars in bite-sized stages. However by the time you're fifteen or twenty stages in you want to simply get things over with and it begins to feel like unnecessary padding.

After getting through Practice, you can enter "Race" mode (the meat of the game). In this, you attempt to, again, help Harold get through the level as efficiently as possible. This time, though, you also have to make sure Harold places third in a race against opponents more fit and smart than our reluctant hero. You do this by affecting his environment (bridges, platforms, obstacles, etc.) and "encouraging" him with bolts of lightning gained by using "Puff Power." You also directly control the timing of Harold's jumps. This is where the gamepad-based controls and animation come into play.

You always feel like you both 1) Never have enough control and 2) Have too much. This seems contradictory, but in practice this feeling dominated my time with the game. Every obstacle and platform, etc. can be used both to help Harold and hinder his opponents. So, despite Harold's sedate pace, you're constantly in a state of information overload unless relying on rote memorization based on constant failure.

You can't point at an object and affect it with a mouse--you have to use the triggers to switch between objects, and the analog stick to conduct whatever changes you will. However, in the midst of the lavish animation, the cues for what object you're affecting can get lost. Even as early as the second stage, that one lapsed second of attention can mean failure and a trip back to the starting line. The animation and focus on beautiful artwork also affect collision accuracy in a number of ways--a case of game design fitting art, rather than the other way around.

My typical thought process during a race:

"Okay, a pit. Need to move it so that dude falls in and Harold gets across. Just swing across the gap and..."
*Death*
"...Shoot. It LOOKED like I'd make that jump. Wait, why am I controlling his jumps and not just the environment?"
*Death*
"Dang, got distracted. Okay, encourage, encourage..."
*Death*
"Man, I was moving too fast and couldn't put down the bridge fast enough. Okay, what if I move slower and take out my opponent before going across myself..."
*Death*
"Wasn't able to move the bridge back correctly in time. Okay, what if I..."
*Death*
"Too fast."
*Death*
"Too slow."
*Death*
"Couldn't see."
*Death*
"Got confused."
*Death*
"Mistimed jump"
*Death*
"Mistimed environmental change."
*Death*
"Wrong."
*Death*
"Wrong again."
*Death*
*Death*
*Death*

You can get used to this over time and enjoy the game, sure. As I said, it's not necessarily bad, and there is significant content here including another mode focused on moving through an entire level perfectly, but without the pressure of opponents to race against. However, in a time where we're left with too many games and too little time to play them, to have to dig and dig for that kernel of fun is disappointing.

*In full disclosure, I received a copy of this game for review.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 12, 2015
One of my favorite game! The gameplay is fresh, creative. The 2D graphics is nice, like Rayman. Music is nice, also in in-game sound. Harold is about a school in heaven, where students have their own human racer, and they have to compete to other students with their racers. They use the tablets on heaven to control them! Funny!

Harold has 10 stages taking place in various locations, like the beach or desert, etc.... Each stage has 3 sections: Practice, Race and Challenge. In Practice, you will play some levels to improve your skills (collect 3 stars each level) and then you will race in "Race", with 5 others opponents. After finishing the race, you will be able to play "Challenge", which is collecting as many stars as you can during the racetrack. This is a like a race game so you have to be very quick to make ways for your buddy to run and set traps to another racers.

To sum up. this is a must-buy game!
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2015
As much as we love it, we can at least admit that Harold isn’t necessarily for everyone. Loris said himself that each person’s tolerance for failure varies quite a bit so it’s difficult to say whether or not everyone can deal with the game's challenges. That said, we don’t especially enjoy indie games focused solely on difficult platforming, but in the case of Harold, we just couldn’t put it down. What is certain is that, for 15 Euro, you’ll never feel robbed by the game or the developers, who are truly committed to pleasing players. Visually stunning, musically brilliant, Gamersyde strongly advise you to jump on this one rather than waiting for the “inevitable Steam sale in a few months”. We can’t wait to see what this ten person team can accomplish in the future and we’ll be eagerly awaiting their next projects whatever they may be. In the meantime, we’re heading back to the races.

Full review here:

http://www.gamersyde.com/news_gamersyde_review_harold-16260_en.html

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Emballés et dithyrambiques que nous sommes, il faut comprendre qu'un jeu comme Harold ne s'adresse pas à tout le monde. Loris le disait lui-même, le seuil de tolérance à l'échec étant très différent d'une personne à l'autre, difficile de vous promettre que vous garderez un calme olympien en toutes circonstances en jouant au titre de Moon Spider. Ceci étant dit, n'étant pas spécialement des hardcore gamers prêts à passer des heures et des heures sur certains jeux indépendants reconnus pour leur difficulté, nous avons énormément de mal à décrocher de ce jeu de plateforme à l'envers. La marge de progression est impressionnante, la profondeur de jeu beaucoup plus grande qu'il n'y paraît lorsqu'on le regarde en vidéo, et c'est réellement en l'essayant que vous pourrez savoir de quoi il retourne. Ce qui est certain, c'est que pour 15€, vous en aurez pour votre argent si vous accrochez au concept, et que vous ne vous sentirez jamais volé, ni par le jeu, ni les développeurs qui se sont vraiment attachés à nous faire plaisir. Visuellement superbe, musicalement génial, Gamersyde vous conseille fortement de vous y mettre et de ne surtout pas ranger Harold dans la catégorie des "jeux à prendre en soldes sur Steam d'ici quelques mois". Quand on voit ce qu'a réussi à accomplir ce petit studio de 10 personnes, on se prend à rêver de leurs prochains projets, qu'il s'agisse d'une probable suite ou de courses supplémentaires à ce premier épisode. On croise les doigts pour eux donc, et en attendant, on y retourne !

Test complet ici :

French: http://www.gamersyde.com/news_review_harold-16260_fr.html
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2015
I just received Harold as a present and I didn't know the game at all.
But I have to say that I am really impressed by the gameplay, the graphics and the music at the same time!
The gameplay is really unique. It's quiet hard but they give you all the tools to succeed! So if you fail a race you wil be angry after you but not the game.
The animation is like a Disney cartoon, have just a look at the waves in the background of the beach level and you will understand what I am talking about.
The music is discret at the begining of the race but get more loud when you increase the speed of Harold. And it's a great idea because you feel like having a crowd encouraging you and it's a great feeling.
You should try it if you like challenges!
Harold is a great indie game!
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17 of 34 people (50%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 12, 2015
Harold is a 2d-sidescrolling runner, in which you have to manipulate obstacles to your advantage.

The video review can be found here: http://youtu.be/dCKExUgesIg

The game is segmented into 4 zones with 3 levels each. It's a little bit lackluster when it comes to variety, in my opinion, but it's not too bad either.
Each level has a practice mode, a race and a challenge mode. Each mode has to be unlocked in that particular order.
In practice mode you play each obstacle combination on its own and the faster you are, the more stars you get.
You have to complete each practice level to unlock race mode and when you get the maximum amount of stars, which is 3 per segment, you get a bonus puff power.

A puff power can be used in a race to get a burst of speed for a short period of time. At the same time the amount of puff powers represents the amount of lives you have.
Puff powers can be regained by collecting two winged halos that are floating around in the level or by interfering with your opponent by manipulating obstacles to their dissatvantage.
After completing a race at third place or better, the challenge mode is unlocked. It is basically like race mode, but without opponents. You are also constantly running at max speed,
you have to collect stars and you are not allowed to die even once. Additionally all side paths are closed, which somewhat makes sense, since you can't really collect all the stars in one run.

One little thing I have to complain about gameplaywise is the fact that you are forced to complete everything at least once in practice mode, in order to unlock race mode.
I get it, each zone has its own hazards and obstacles, but forcing this linearity, especially when you are on the second level in the zone, is not so great in my opinion.
Another thing I'd like to point out is that in the game you have to do lot of flicking and twisting with the analog stick. So if you are not really used to playing with the controller a lot, the game might become difficult relatively fast.

In race mode each level has a secret shortcut that is somewhat required to be found when you want to get a good time. Getting a good time also ranks you higher on the global leaderboard, so there is some competition to be had.

Sound- and artdesignwise the game looks really good. The soundtrack is somewhat unique, and for some reason it reminds me of the Lion King, which was a bit confusing the first time I've heard it.
It might also be due to the fact that I don't hear a gospel choir singing in the background of a game that often.
The general art diretion of the game is inspired by disney movies and to me the game in terms of artdesign is somehow reminiscent of SNES games like Aladdin or Asterix and Obelix.

Conclusions: It has been a great experience so far(about 50% through the game) and there wasn't that much I had to complain about, so I'd recommend it.
However the game is 20€ or your regional equivalent. A little bit pricey, but worth the money, especially when it goes on a sale.
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Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
Harold in its self is a very cute game. The character Harold' adorable, the storyline's silly, and is a very bright game. I've only played the few first levels, but I can see myself playing more in the future. The only complaint I have so far is it is a strictly controller based game, and for a person who uses a keyboard most the time playing games, it is something I have to get used to. Other than that, it's a lovely game, with a very cutesty personality. So worth the $20.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Game is broken for the xbox one controller on win10.
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