Most of the time while playing GNOG,you’ll have no idea what the heck is going on. But that’s kind of the point of this psychedelic puzzle game. The joy is in discovery, and GNOG’s mix of sheer weirdness, colorful visuals, and catchy music will have you pulling levers and rotating dials with a big grin on your face.
Like the Room series, GNOG presents you with mysterious gadgets that you have to figure out how to open—but that’s where the similarities end. The puzzler feels like it sprang from the minds of Willy Wonka and a nightclub DJ: Butterflies float through contraptions filled with mechanical frogs, and little robots work at control boards hidden inside boom boxes.
The game has nine off-the-wall stages, each brought to life with fluid visuals, a mesmerizing soundtrack by Marskye, and ultra-responsive controls. Also pretty cool: Your every interaction is accompanied by a satisfying whir, ding, or clunk. The iOS version of GNOG features a new AR (augmented reality) mode that makes the puzzles appear in the real world, viewed through the lens of your iPhone or iPad.
As unabashedly out there as the game may be, it’s a sheer pleasure to play. So don’t be intimidated when you start. Stumbling upon what it is you’re supposed to do is part of the fun.