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[Nintendo Switch] Hourglass Review

[Nintendo Switch] Hourglass Review
  • On July 14, 2022

Hourglass from Secret Item Games and Cyberware places you in the role of Aywa, who travels to Egypt to find her missing father. Check our Hourglass review!


Hourglass from Secret Item Games and Cyberware places you in the role nor Aywa, who travels to Egypt to find her missing father. His name is Arthur McConnor, and he’s an archeologist who vanished during an expedition under mysterious circumstances. You’ll be taking on the world of Hourglass from a first-person perspective as you solve a variety of puzzles that will hopefully bring you closer to locating Aywa’s father.

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Cyberware took the project to Kickstarter back in 2019, aiming to secure the funding needed for completing the game’s development. When it was all said and done, the campaign managed to secure the support of 810 backers who pledged over €41,000 to help it to life. There was a stretch goal of €72,000 for a Nintendo Switch port, which was not reached. After releasing on Steam last year, the game has launched on Nintendo Switch with the support of publisher Secret Item Games.


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You’ll be controlling Aywa with the left analog stick as you look around with the right one. Aywa can jump when you press the B button. The ZL button can be used to zoom in to get a closer look at things. To interact with objects, use the L button. This can be used to lift or drop cubes that must be placed on specific spots to activate mechanisms. You’ll soon find a mythical glowing gate that will allow you to create a clone of Aywa, which you can control for a short period of time. It’s thanks to this that you will be able to take on the many puzzles that Hourglass will throw at you.


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New gameplay elements are introduced later in the game, which remixes the abilities you have learned up to that point. This helps to keep the experience feeling fresh as you’re pushed towards thinking a bit outside the box, just as you’ve gotten used to what Hourglass was doing. The game does a great job at teaching you everything that you need to do, all without ever having to show you a proper tutorial with instructions or rules to follow.

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Hourglass was a pleasant surprise on Nintendo Switch. After checking out its trailer, I had been looking forward to playing the game on Nintendo’s console, and I’m here to report that it’s a solid first-person puzzle experience that you have to check out. It looks great on Nintendo Switch, the gameplay mechanics are fun, and the puzzles are clever. Hourglass is out on Nintendo Switch with a $24.99 asking price.

This Hourglass review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Secret Item Games.

Review Overview

Charming and fun atmospheric first-person puzzle experience