During this year’s Wholesome Direct, the incredibly serene-looking platformer Hoa has been given a surprise release date and will be available on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4 & PS5 on August 21st 2021.
With a soundtrack reminiscent of a Ghibli film, Hoa is a “beautiful puzzle-platforming game that features breathtaking hand-painted art, lovely music, and a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere”. This year’s Wholesome Direct trailer from developer Skrollcat Studio, was brief, but enough to really capture my attention. It showed the main character, Hoa, using flying blocks, that you have to match in order for them to become moving platforms. Even in this tiny snippet of gameplay, Hoa looks incredibly stunning with gorgeous artwork and lovely lighting effects that make it seem like it will be a truly magical experience.
There is also a more detailed video showing an entire level on the games website that really showcases what the game has to offer, it really seems like this game will transport you into this world for a truly wholesome time. In terms of cute, nature-themed platformers (Hollow Knight and Ori and the Blind Forest), Hoa feels like it will fit into this genre quite well, but giving players a much more relaxed gaming experience
Hoa looks like it will have plenty up its sleeve as you explore the wonders that this hand-painted world has to offer, with an abundance of adorable creatures and a sublime nature-filled setting for the player to explore.