Arrog Review

Experiment your way through short puzzles where every level has different mechanics and goals in Arrog.

Format: PC via Steam
First playthrough time: 30 minutes

Arrog. Human laying on a slab with three people standing over in the poses of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. All is surrounded by a ring of caged birds and candles.

Released July 28th, 2020 by LEAP Game Studios | Hermanos Magia | indienova

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Quick Overview

Major Pros:
  • New puzzles each level
Major Cons:
  • None
Minor Pros:
  • Synergy between art and story
Minor Cons:
  • Short
Arrog. Small glowing green sprout in a field

A seed of life

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In-Depth Review

Arrog is a short puzzle game revolving around the lifecycle of a village of people and animals. Players are presented with short scenes to interact with. As all the scenes are different, players must both figure out the goal and accomplish it. This primarily comes from seeing what is reactive to the player’s interaction and by examining what’s happening in the scenes.

Arrog. A gathering of people in simple clothes below a constellation on a series of interlocking rings

Preparing for travel

The story of Arrog focuses on the interaction between a village of people and a pack of wild pigs. The scenes show how each species feeds off the other, and some of the activities the humans perform throughout their lives. I enjoyed the way the puzzles were woven into the scenes and the way the scenes were used to lead the player to figure out what to do.

Arrog. A human and a bipedal pig beside a pattern of stars and dashed lines.

One of the pigs reveals a puzzle

The art of Arrog is primarily black and white, but bright colors are used a few times to effectively highlight a few key items and set the mood. I found the soft gradients and glows to work well with what could have otherwise been a very sharp contrast art style. I think this fits the mood and pacing of the story well. The plethora of animations also made it visually pleasing to watch

Arrog. A worn lighthouse on a tall rocky crag that reaches into the clouds.

What will this puzzle require?

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Recommendation

Overall, I found Arrog to be an enjoyable short experience. I loved playing through each of the new scenes and figuring out what I needed to do. The story was simple, but easy to follow and the art style complimented it well. I recommend Arrog for players looking for a short simple puzzle game where every level is a new experience.

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