Pretentious Game Review

You view the world as a grey square? Really?

  • Reviewed by: Mark Goninon
  • Developer: Keybol
  • Publisher: BulkyPix
  • Release Date: 21 May 2014
  • Time played: 1.3 hours

While I'm not usually a big fan of platformer games, who could resist a title like "Pretentious Game"? I also happened to get the game for free IIRC from the always generous Mix-Master, so once again, thanks man :).

What I like:

Lessons in Love

But seriously, this game is all about love, different kinds of love (whether it's romantic love or familial love) and maybe you'll learn some hard, sobering lessons about it.

A platformer for those who don’t like platformers

I'm not very good at platformers but I only found a couple of parts of the game pretty challenging; that's because Pretentious Game is actually more of a (jumping) puzzle game than anything else. Not only that, but it plays with its own rules each time you start a new challenge.

Beautiful music

Famous compositions by Romantic composer Erik Satie acts as the game's soundtrack. Playing a platformer game about love to the sound of Gymnopédie No.1 soothes the soul.

What I dislike:


It took me just a bit more than one hour to complete the game and I'm not even that good at platformers. If you are, I could imagine this game finishing up very quickly.

Limited replay

Once you've clocked it, there’s no real point revisiting it.

No Steam stuff

No Steam trading cards and achievements makes me a sad panda :(.

It's actually a free web game

So you don't actually need to pay any money to play it if you don't want to - although you won't have it in your Steam library of course ;).

Score – 7/10 (Good)

Is the game a pretentious game? I don’t think so. If you want an example of that, check out Dear Esther. If you want a platformer that's more like a puzzle game, offers some insight into love and relationships, and has beautiful music by Erik Satie to accompany it, Pretentious Game is worth a (quick) whirl. It is available elsewhere for free though, so if you want to save a few bucks you can check it out on web-based game sites like Kongregate.

Is the game worth $4.99 USD?: Yes, despite the game being very short it has a couple of poignant and profound moments to justify the price of admission.

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[ LINK: Official Pretentious Game Website ]