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Hob is an Action-Adventure game with Metroidvania progression, developed by Runic Games (the creators of Torchlight and Torchlight II) and released on September 26th, 2017 on PC and Playstation 4. 2019 saw Hob: Definitive Edition, which was ported to Nintendo Switch as well.

It can be thought of as a 3D platformer version of Hyper Light Drifter, as both games use a similar mix of combat, puzzles and exploration, and adopt the same approach to storytelling: there's literally no dialogue or story text anywhere in the game, so observing the colorful environment and the actions of the characters is pretty much the only way to learn what's going on.

Tropes present in this game:

  • Affably Evil: The Queen and her helper. Both of them are very nice to you. The Queen even saves Hob's life when he's poisoned, and seems to take her death in stride, while her helper is the Final Boss trying to protect her.
  • Amputation Stops Spread: Hob gets infected with the purple corrupting goo on his arm. He promptly decides to cut it off. Luckily...
  • Artificial Limbs: A friendly robot quickly donates one of his arms instead.
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  • Artificial Limbs Are Stronger: Since that robot is twice Hob's size, the arm is correspondingly larger and stronger than his real one was. And that is before he starts outfitting it with gadgets to gain extra powers.
  • Chicken Walker: You get to ride a robot that amounts to this.
  • Clockworks Area: The planetary core amounts to this.
  • Constructed World: The game is set on one, which is why you can alter so much of the environments simply through working with the switches.
  • The Corruption: There's a purple variety that infects things, and your job is to stop it and reverse tainted landscapes back to normal.
  • Dash Attack: An ability you can get.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Hob's archaic sword is his main way of attacking enemies. It used to be his only weapon, before he got his other arm replaced with a robotic limb.
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  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: You can find a shield for Hob.
  • Mirror Boss: The Queen's helper fights in the very same way as Hob, except they're faster and create clones.
  • Multiple Endings:
    • If you choose to ally with the Queen. The game ends there. The Stinger shows your robot buddy opening another house, possibly to look for someone else to do what you haven't done yet.
    • If you choose to not ally with the Queen. You fight her helper as the Final Boss, and subsequently kills the Queen. Your robot buddy "dies" by being deactivated, but the rest of Hob's people leave their homes and start to populate the world.
  • Rare Candy: Exploring off the beaten path often lets Hob find these, which will expand his health and stamina.
  • Sprint Meter: Present, and can be expanded through finding specific items.
  • Sprint Shoes: There's a Speed Cloak item, which boosts speed at the expense of maximum health and stamina.
  • Suspiciously Cracked Wall: Plenty of them, which are broken through by controlling a giant stone arm.
  • Tractor Beam: Your robot arm eventually gets outfitted with one to help with the traversal.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Present, and can be upgraded throughout the game.


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