Baba Is You
The first time I heard the name Baba Is You, I thought, “That’s ridiculous. I need to play it.” After playing through this delightful game, I still think it’s ridiculous, and I love it so much. From nostalgic feels to puzzles that make you work just enough to become intrigued, Baba Is You from Hempuli Oy is one of the best puzzle games not just of the 21st century, but of all time. Let’s break it down piece by piece to see what makes this goofy little game so excellent.
1 - Visuals
Baba Is You’s visuals are the first thing to draw you into this remarkable game. To start, the visual appeal of being an adorable little bunny is almost too cute to handle. From Baba to the details of the seaweed, every bit and piece of this game is curated to be both charming and integral to the game. And, once again, I can’t stress enough how cute this bunny is. While this game may be a mind-boggling adventure, the adorable designs keep it lighthearted the entire time.
For visuals, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.
2 - Audio
In terms of audio, this game is absolutely idyllic. The general theme song is bouncy and keeps you moving forward through the levels of the map. The devil is in the details, particularly in the little squelches of sound that occur with every movement you make. Every audio detail is crafted to perfectly embody the movement and action it represents. If you were to just listen to an audio recording of a playthrough of Baba Is You, you’d probably think it was a fairly simple soundtrack. When you play through and hear it all in real time, it becomes obvious very quickly that every beat is perfectly suited to this game.
For audio, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.
3 - Story/Progression
When it comes to the story and progression of Baba Is You, the increase in difficulty is timed perfectly. Just as you start to really get the hang of things, a curveball’s thrown your way, and you have to look at the puzzle from a new direction. There are plenty of easier levels throughout the game to give your brain a little break, and then there are levels you’ll work at over and over again. There are levels you’ll breeze through in less than five moves, and there are levels that’ll look easy at first, but end up being some of the most challenging. From the moment you first embody Baba, this game progresses forward at a perfectly challenging pace.
For Story/Progression, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.
4 - Gameplay
The Baba Is You gameplay couldn’t be better. When it comes to a mentally challenging game like this, the gameplay really needs to be easy to grasp so that you can focus on progressing through the levels. In that regard, the game excels at making it easy to get used to the controls so that you can spend your time focusing on the puzzles. Once you get used to the controls, the movements almost become intuitive as you maneuver through the maps. For a game that requires so much brain power to master, these simplistic controls are absolutely perfect.
For gameplay, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.
5 - Context
In terms of context, Baba Is You is perfectly placed on the scale of puzzle games and games that take you back to the games you loved when you were growing up. From the visual design to the soundtrack to the overall nature of the game, this is a throwback to all the best games of the 80s and 90s, with all the game design brilliance of the new age of gaming. Baba Is You has been the recipient of rave reviews, with a mix of people commenting on the challenge the game presents to the overall adorable aesthetic of the game. This game suits the context of its place in the gaming community in every way.
For context, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.
Overall, Baba Is You is a master of its genre of games. If you haven’t played it yet, don’t waste any more time; buy it, play it, and love it immediately. There’s not much out there that’s better than being a little bunny and making your way through some incredibly complex puzzles. Of all the games I’ve played, I would put this one on the list of those I wish I could go back and play again for the first time. Being Baba for the first time was extraordinary. If you haven’t played it yet, trust me: you need this experience.
With 5s across the board, Baba Is You gets a glowing five star review.