Handcircus Ltd.’s Okabu for the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3 is a solid DLC platform title that incorporates puzzles in a vibrantly artistic world.

In Okabu, two cloud whales fall from the sky due to pollution from an industrialized threat called Doza. Users must guide whales Kumulo and Nimbe through colorfully landscaped worlds that hold numerous mini puzzles.


Controls are simple with the left analog to control movement and buttons to perform specific actions according to the puzzle at hand.

Each cloud whale can absorb water with the X button and release it to quench fires or make plants grow. In addition, the cloud whales can spit water with the circle button, which prompts a target reticle controlled by the right analog.

Button actions are context sensitive and can change depending on the task at hand. For example, rather than absorb water, a whale will need to absorb oil to create a trail from fire that leads to a mass of dynamite.

The cloud whales will subsequently be ridden by two additional characters to perform added actions to solve puzzles.

Puzzles will become more complex in each level and require the use of cranes, bulldozers, cannons, and mirrors to proceed to the next area.

Users can switch between two characters or invite a friend for drop-in, drop-out co-op action.

The graphics engine is solid at 60 frames-per-second. The land of Okabu includes rich colors, flat-shaded textures, and well-designed characters. The soundtrack is rich with live vocals, chants, and pounding drum beats.

Okabu is an adorable action puzzler for all ages. The puzzle integration, charming characters, and vibrant world all urge players to help save its existence.

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