perspective illusion puzzle based on M.C. Escher drawings and impossible...
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Very Positive (15 reviews) - 86% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (203 reviews) - 90% of the 203 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 18, 2015

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“Ever since Monument Valley first came out, I’ve been hooked on the Escheresque art style, so I love seeing new games come out that carry this particular look and feel to it. And since puzzles are one of my favorite genres, it seems that Hocus is just a perfect fit for me, and anyone else who likes the genre.”
80/100 – AppAdvice

“But there’s still something to be said for a game so focused on one single, brilliant idea, and Hocus is a fine example of that.”
80/100 – Touch Arcade

“Hocus, a brain-twisting puzzler which shot to the top of the App Store charts this weekend, leverages that impulse in a game that would surely entertain Escher himself.”
80/100 – Gamezebo

About This Game

hocus. is a minimal perspective illusion puzzle based on M.C. Escher drawings and impossible shapes.

See mobile version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hocus./id1030548464


*** Gamepad support (highly recommended) ***

  • Relaxing music & sounds
  • 100% indie - designed and developed by a puzzle lover
  • Mouse and gamepad controls
  • 65 Beautifully crafted mind bending levels (new levels are coming...)
  • Optimized for PC and human brains

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Any
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7+
    • Processor: Core Due
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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I'M ETHAN BRADBERRY
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This was quite an amazing game! Very entertaining, and quite difficult! I was able to beat the entire game rather quickly, but the game does promise new leves which I am looking forward to! It requires a completely different way of thinking that quite challenged me, and I was quite satisfied when each level was completed. The music was a bit annoying, but I was able to turn it off, and turn my own music on in the background. The game looks quite nice, and runs well even with many other programs in the background. Overall, I would probably rate this game a 9/10. The gameplay is a 10, how the game runs is a 10, the origniality, and delivery are both 10, and the length is just right for what it is (10/10). However, the music is a 4/10 because it wasn't good at all, but you were able to turn it off, so I don't really have a complaint there.
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Batman
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Just your average mobile puzzle game, not fun, if you like illusion puzzles, buy this on sale, not worth 2 bucks. 2.5 out of 10 for effort
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Rhizic
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
It's a nice simple (but difficult) puzzle game, minimalist and rather pretty. Would be a great tool to teach spacial perception!
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Enkazadas The Empiricist
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
An excellent Escher-Esque puzzle game that i really enjoyed
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⎛⎝-SRI-4Loko ⎠⎞
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
My mind is confused lol
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Terabyte
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
It's not really a game, i'd say, but the visuals are really nice and the illusions twist the mind. i love it.
this is more of an experience, though, and the levels don't offer much choice, so if you were looking for actual gameplay, i'd pass on this one.
however, if you're really into illusions and don't mind the simple / minimalistic gameplay, i'd check this one out.
it's a very fun 'game' with very nice visuals.
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Giant Dragon Dildos
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
This is some really clever ♥♥♥♥.

10/10, would get mind♥♥♥♥ed again.
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Salarn
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
https://youtu.be/owVUOexkIb8

Test your eyes and your mind against these M.C. Escher inspired puzzles while navigating a red cube into a red hole. Ported from a mobile game with swipe controls unfortunately doesn't map smoothly to a controller and cube movement is often fidgety.

While the puzzles are fun to look at they rarely offer any real challenge as the navigation options are so limited at each junction not offer the player much choice. The slick visuals are just not enough make up for the weak puzzles in this puzzle game.
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Makki
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Hocus is a puzzle game whose levels are based on M.C. Escher's optical illusion drawings and all incorporate impossible shapes. They are essentialy 2D mazes that give 3D impression. It is a mobile port, you can play it with mouse or gamepad. You will lose sense of direction playing this, getting dizzy is also not out of question. :) Good thing is that you can always look in which directions you can move by checking circle on top of the screen, without it aimlessly wandering around would be common. Minimalist design will let you focus on puzzles with no other distractions. Ambient music is nice, but you will probably turn it off after a while.

Game has 65 levels, they took me about an hour and a half to solve which is ok, game doesn't overstay its welcome with more of the same.
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joe01489
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Really creative and simple. You have to wrap your head around the way the box moves across surfaces.

The game is easier to play on mobile devices given that movement is based on swiping.

A move counter and "par moves" tracker would be an excellent addition.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
It's not really a game, i'd say, but the visuals are really nice and the illusions twist the mind. i love it.
this is more of an experience, though, and the levels don't offer much choice, so if you were looking for actual gameplay, i'd pass on this one.
however, if you're really into illusions and don't mind the simple / minimalistic gameplay, i'd check this one out.
it's a very fun 'game' with very nice visuals.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
This is some really clever ♥♥♥♥.

10/10, would get mind♥♥♥♥ed again.
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158 of 221 people (71%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
Ok game but I can't recommend mostly due to the fact that it currently sells for less than a dollar on the app store. THat's fine if the game is upgraded at all but it doesn't even take up the whole screen. Instead it's a little window in the center as if the game is supposed to be made for an iphone 5 held vertically- which it clearly was. The screenshots don't make this clear by the way.
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49 of 67 people (73%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
My mind is confused
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
An interesting puzzle game - interesting in this way as there are 3 dimensions but also not; not easy to describe and as a picture shows more than a thousand words I just inserted 2 screenshots where you can see very good how this game works:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=605416550
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=605416601
I can highly recommend this if you want to make your brain crash!
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
hocus is a small logic game where you control a cube and roll to a target place. The twist in the gameplay is that the whole level design is based on the Penrose triangle.

You might get afraid of complex controls in those levels but don't worry, you can use a mouse (click to a place to move to), or a gamepad with analog stick, which I'd recommend. If you ever get lost or you won't know which directions you can move to, there's a circle with arrows on top of the screen that shows you. This can be really helpful at times when you'll be just wandering around the level, unable to find the right path.

The game has totally 65 levels, and all those have low difficulty. You can track the right way before any movement, or just move randomly until you find the right way in few minutes; it's up to you. This game can be a nice relaxing experience if you don't mind the ubiquitous optical illusion. It took me 98 minutes to beat all levels.

Graphic style is minimalistic, which fits the game perfectly. The aural experience of hocus is made of a tranquil song and a sound for the cube's movement. While the game is ported from mobile platform, it's still a polished experience, I haven't found a single gameplay or visual bug through my playthrough.

Conclusion:
hocus isn't a game that would make people excited, but it's a sleeper in many people's backlogs that deserves a play. It may be short but it offers you enough to enjoy levels designed with M. C. Escher's optical illusion in mind; you'll be done in about hour and half, and I think it's ok for a unique 2€ game.
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30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
It's a fun game for a low price. It's obviously a port from mobile, but oh well, it's playable.

The influence from Monument Valley is obvious, but it manages to do its own thing with the concept. In fact, I'm enjoying this a bit more than Monument Valley.

Though the graphics are lacking (almost completely), in Hocus, the intrigue of the perspective-twisting mechanic is given more room to breathe, freed from Monument Valley's ham-handed attempts at world-building in this emerging genre that is inherently poorly-suited to real, meaningful world-building.

Hocus does one thing and does it well, so I guess you could say it follows the Unix philosophy
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41 of 65 people (63%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
it a really interesting game if u can get over the fact its a mobile port but other than than its very well done
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I usually get grumpy about mobile games getting ported to Steam, but I also have a soft spot for optical illusions and games based on them.

Hocus has a simple premise and is easy to start playing. Player input consists only of choosing which direction to move the red cube in an effort to guide it to the exit (or is it the entrance?). Once a direction is chosen, the cube moves until it reaches a junction, where it waits for your next instruction. There is no camera movement, because the fixed perspective is essential to the puzzle.

The early levels are simplified to get you accustomed to the rules. Later levels are more complex, but not necessarily more difficult. The only real downside with this kind of game is that since movement is necessarily limited to six possible directions, it becomes more of a 3D maze than a puzzle as many would think of it (I am totally fine with this, though). There are a few sections (especially in late levels) wherein many joints have only 2 available directions, and you spend more time moving/waiting than thinking/deciding. Most levels have more than one path to the exit, though the last few steps are usually fairly specific.

The splash screen states that the use of an analog gamepad is recommended, but I had a much easier time controlling the game by clicking with my mouse.

I've seen a few people get bent out of shape over the price difference between this version and the mobile version. Here are some solutions:
  • Buy it through your mobile device's app store
  • Buy it through Steam when it is on sale
  • Shut up

I've also seen a few complaints about how the actual game takes place in portrait mode (common practice for games that start out as mobile) with wide border sections on the left and right. This is evident to anybody who either watched the video or looked at the screenshots. In the actual game, the "empty" space is taken up by a slightly blurred version of the preceding and subsequent puzzles. This fact has no impact on the gameplay, and I think that using raw screenshots would have confused shoppers, as there would appear to be three puzzles on screen at once. Personally, I would have preferred solid white space on the sides, both for added focus on the puzzle at hand, and to fit in with the minimalist/tranquil aesthetic.

Additional levels will be added (at least 10 have been announced so far), and I assume they'll be around the same difficulty as the existing late-game levels.

It's a short, inexpensive puzzle, and I enjoyed it.

₦ out of 10
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
I love this game it is a challange in many of the levels. If you liked Monument Valley, you will like this one.
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