Hino’s World mobile game is the latest adventure from BAZOOKA Studio. The game was released this last September for Android and it is free to play. It came to our radar for appealing to wide audiences, being PEGI 3 and all, but also for being an action-adventure platformer where you play as a god… The game actually looks deceptively simple but in fact, offers extended content and we had to see what’s going on.
Development and reception
BAZOOKA Studio stands behind many other similar light and fun games, like Fruit Garden: Match 3, Food Court – Craze Restaurant Chef Cooking Games, Jewel Deluxe Free, and such. This title is perhaps the most ambitious project by the studio so far, as they target a wide audience with the intent of creating easy-going, light, fun, and addictive titles popularly called small games. On Google Play, Hino’s World Android game has mostly positive feedback with a small vote sample to be considered respectable. People are mostly responding positively with the game’s parallel to Mario.
As mentioned, you play as Hino who is a god or rather the protector of the jungle. He is kind-hearted and he serves to keep the sacred forest safe. In his possession, Hino has 5 soul stones. They represent 5 good natures found in all living beings in the forest, and those are Harmony, Kindness, Trust, Generosity, and Friendship. With all 5 accounted for, the joy and happiness is always preserved in the forest.
However, evil demons were jealous of the happiness and wanted to seize the power for themselves. So, they stole the soul stones with the intent of using them for their evil purposes. It’s up to Hino now to find the demons, reclaim the soul stones, and restore the sacred forest to its glory. To do so, he must follow the demons, each into their own respective, mysterious world.
As Hino chases after the monsters, he traverses 5 different worlds, all with their own themes, dangers, challenges, and enemies thrown at him to stop his quest. Each world is presented as a large map with stages, similar to what was initially done in Super Mario Bros. 3. You then traverse the stages, each with their own mini-goals and tricks, and try and overcome all obstacles presented.
This game has a familiar gameplay sidescroller and platformer setting. You jump, double jump, shoot boomerangs, and try not to die while everything on your way is set up against you, even the scenery. Controls are quite easy, as you have two buttons to move, one to jump, and one to shoot. You can also customize the UI in any way you wish in the options menu.
Some mechanics for defeating monsters are quite familiar, like jumping on their heads and shooting boomerangs at them. You collect coins, but you also collect support items and purchase some at the in-game shop. Each level also holds up to 3 Stars, and you have to collect them all to unlock new worlds. Lastly, there is also a lucky spin mini-game with rewards in the shape of the in-game currency and such.
Graphics and appearance
While Hino’s World game does remind a lot of Mario and similar titles, it really does have an amazing, advanced look to it. The graphics and models are very beautiful and they are guaranteed to draw in wide audiences, while the simple gameplay locks people in. In its core, this is a retro game, so it definitely gets points for improving on the appearance.
Hino’s World overview features:
- Great graphics
- Fun and deceptively simple gameplay
- Free To Play, with 5-second adds
- Can be played offline
- Intuitive and customizable controls
- 5 Worlds to explore
- 5 Demon Bosses
- Daily quests and unique challenges
- Regular updates
Hino’s World game is a good candidate for a pass-time game. It is easily accessible for people 3+ years old, no matter the gender or previous experience in games. It does prove a challenge, but also holds quite the expanded content compared to other games of the same adventure genre. All in all, as a FTP, it is worth the shot.