I sat down to play Gori: Cuddly Carnage during the WASD showcase in London this weekend, and I came away feeling like I’d played something truly innovative and exciting. I don’t think I’ve ever played a game with as much colour on-screen or as much energy in my entire life – and I’ve played a lot of games!
In Gori: Cuddly Carnage, players assume control of Gori – a murderous yet adorable feline with the uncanny ability to slay out against undead and constantly evolving unicorns. Joined by his foul-mouthed-and-bladed hoverboard, F.R.A.N.K., Gori traverses a neon-fuelled futuristic world that’s bursting at the seams with phenomenal colours and horrifying enemies.
Gori – Cute Cat But Not For Kids
As a trio, Gori, F.R.A.N.K., and CH1-P – a miserable AI – face off against The Adorable Army, which I quickly learned goes beyond just undead unicorns. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the enemies in Gori: Cuddly Carnage – especially the bosses – are nothing short of terrifying. There are certainly some phobias that’ll be triggered, and despite the cute kitten sitting front and centre, this certainly isn’t one for the kids.
In this ‘skate-n-slash’ adventure, players are encouraged to be as destructive as possible, taking on fantastic powers to absolutely decimate their enemies – and it all looks positively gorgeous on screen. Gori lives up to his moniker as he slices through legions of undead unicorns, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds – even on the lowest difficulty, Gori presents a brilliant challenge to even veterans of the niche.
Let’s put it like this – if you’d like a mix of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Devil May Cry, Sunset Overdrive, and Lollipop Chainsaw, this is the one for you.
I came away from my preview in a mind-blown state – Gori: Cuddly Carnage really is something special. I felt powerful, I was humoured by the sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek comedy that’s littered throughout the dialogue, and I was well and truly entertained on the most visual level possible. From comic-book graphics, massive explosions, and neon-rainbow pipes to grind on my hoverboard to fountains of blood, glaring laser beams, and masterfully crafted enemies, there was so much to soak up on-screen.
Gori Can Be Wishlisted Now
Gori is being developed by Angry Demon Studio, a small Swedish team with a refined taste for horror games. Gori is a dramatic pivot from what they’ve done in the past – but that’s not a bad thing, and as a standalone game, Gori: Cuddly Carnage is nothing short of incredible.
Here’s the announcement trailer for the game:
I felt even more excited following a chat with Wired Productions – the game’s publisher – at WASD in London. I was advised that Gori gets even better outside of the preview product, and things evolve down the line to make it even more impressive than the stunning taster I tried. It doesn’t boast a long story, but from what I saw, the plot is equal parts innovative and intriguing.
From the hard-hitting soundtrack to the brilliant voice acting and from the visuals to the fast pace of the gameplay, Gori is certainly the kind of game I’m going to wishlist on Steam.
When it’s released, Gori: Cuddly Carnage will be available on all platforms.