"The best platformer of 2019." Horace offers a huge platforming adventure which pushing the boundaries of the genre with a profound story of a small robot learning of life and Douglas Adams. A game made by videogame lovers for videogame lovers!
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Very Positive (84) - 96% of the 84 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 18, 2019

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August 23

Horace v1.3 Hotfix Now Available!

We have just released a new hotfix (v1.3) for Horace which will fix some bugs that have been fed back from the community and improve the overall balance of the game.Thanks again for your support and we hope you continue to enjoy Horace.

Hotfix Patch Notes (v1.3)

* Improvements to Repo Yard rooms to make it easier for player to jump using the Shoes.

* Fixed bug when entering the tunnel in Mainton resulted in the player being stuck on a black screen and unable to progress.

* Made the receiver for the experimental battery in the Robot Labs grab the battery more quickly.

* Fix for the player sometimes falling off the ends of conveyor belts if running fast around them.

* Fix for softlock bug in Robot Labs Elevator. Player should no longer be able to enter the area behind the sparks until they have the correct ability to do so. Also added a fix so that if the player has managed to get stuck on the wrong side of the sparks they will be teleported to a valid position on reloading their save game.

* Fix for player getting stuck falling forever if they resume a save game battling the Security Robot in the TV Studio.

* Sound levels have been adjusted across the game so that music, sound effects and cut scene volumes should now be more evenly balanced.

* It is now possible to abort the Rhythm King arcade game.

* On resuming a save game, if the player has any shield orbs they will initially be activated. Shields can be toggled on and off using the Y button.

* Several boss encounters have been adjusted to include extra restart points or have slightly modified attack patterns to help rebalance some of the more frustrating difficulty peaks noticed by the developers whilst watching other people playing the game.

* Additional shield pickups have been added in some rooms to provide help to the player (if wanted!) on some of the trickier platforming sections.

* Fix the the parcel stamping job sometimes getting unsynchronised and causing progress banners to appear at incorrect times.

* Fix for game freezing on a black screen when loading a saved game from one of the flying dream sequences.

* Support for additional buttons input on some joypads (e.g. PS4) when using the redefine joypad inputs menu.

* There are now some switches in East Gallery Ground Floor which allow the player to turn off the lasers temporarily so they can pass through the room from left to right, which can be useful after beating some of the mansion bosses.

* Lots of other little tweaks and fixes to minor gameplay and graphical issues that have been reported.
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July 25

Horace v 1.2 Now Available!

Thanks to everyone who has bought Horace – your positive comments have been overwhelming. We are flattered by the complements but we know some of you have experienced some bugs since launch.

Great news! We have just released a new patch (v1.2) which should clean up issues that you have raised making Horace even better! Thanks again for your feedback and we hope you continue to enjoy Horace.


- Improved support for other screen resolutions and monitor refresh rates. If you are still experiencing screen resolution problems with this build then please try holding SHIFT whilst launching the game. This will provide a dialog box with available screen resolutions and the ability to run the game full screen or in windowed mode.

- Frame rate related fixes. Some people with faster PC configurations may have experienced issues with the player robot not behaving correctly in some rooms (e.g. the battery placing room). These should now be fixed.

- Some minor graphics fixes in some parts of the game.

Unfortunately the V1.2 build does not solve the problem of missing backgrounds that some people are reporting. We are still trying to work out what the cause for this issue is.

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“Horace really could be one of the most charming games of the year.”

“A real contender for Indie Game of the Year.”
9/10 – The Sixth Axis

“A frankly gorgeous-looking pixel art platform adventure game.”
Kotaku UK

About This Game

This masterpiece from Paul Helman and Sean Scapelhorn is a classic platformer that tells an emotional and surprisingly rich tale of self-discovery peppered with nostalgic popular culture references that will bring a smile to any gamer who enjoys the 8 and 16 bit era!

An unmissable tale of a small robot on a big adventure!
Made by just two people, Horace offers over 15 hours of exciting platforming and pushes the boundaries of the genre with profound storytelling and quirky and nostalgic pop culture references! A game made by videogame lovers for videogame lovers!

  • “A frankly gorgeous-looking pixel art platform adventure game” Kotaku UK
  • 9/10 "Might very well be the best platformer of 2019" Cub3d
  • “Horace’s heartwarming narrative pushes you through the hardcore gameplay, and the high quality aesthetic and music burns themselves into your brain” Escapist Magazine
  • 9/10 “Definitely one of the best Indie titles I have played this year” Demon Gaming
  • 9.5/10 “This is one of the best games of 2019 and one of the best independent games I have ever played” Way too many games
  • 8.5/10 "Manages to offer his own personal reading of the platform genre, surprisingly walking the streets of narration" Multiplayer.it
  • 8/10 "Unique, unsettling and surprising title". Everyeye.it
  • “Brilliantly exceeds expectations” PDVG
  • “Is a treat, and very well worth getting hold of” Get Indie Gaming

Adventure through hours and hours of varied gameplay, dubbed by many as Indie GOTY 2019! Overcome 2D platforming challenges with a unique twist, unlock new metroidvania inspired robot abilities, enjoy plenty of retro-inspired mini games and reunite Horace with his family.

A charming single player narrative that will make you laugh, cry and cheer!
Watch this hand-crafted, cinematic story unfold.

Stunning 2D pixel worlds made by just two people inspired by the ‘golden age’ of UK software development.

Meet dozens of weird and wonderful characters.
Bond with every character you meet and find Horace’s family.

Mind bending platforming puzzles.
Unlock new metroidvania inspired abilities and defy the laws of physics to overcome all obstacles.

Take on thrilling and difficult boss battles.
Each a refreshing take on the boss battle formula until the game's stunning conclusion!

Revisit arcade classics from the 90s!
Play retro inspired mini games which have been perfectly interwoven into the narrative!

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any DX12 graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any, onboard
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any DX12 graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any, or onboard

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