Parents' Guide to

Quadrilateral Cowboy

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Intentionally confusing puzzler tests ideas behind gaming.

Game Windows 2016
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It's hard to sum up this confusing puzzle game as being either good or bad, because it's both strange and oddly satisfying at the same time. There's a warm and goofy charm pervading every moment of the game, which is a true feat since this is a video game about computer hacking. But this game is also very challenging. It strives at every turn to be surprising and challenges you to do things you wouldn't think were possible in a video game. For example, one of the earliest missions gets you accustomed to how hitting a key on your keyboard freezes time to let you manipulate your entry point on the level. The game just throws you into a level, and it's only by stumbling into this feature that you discover you can poke around and find every camera and door that can be hacked. That also means you'll eventually figure out the order in which they need to be hacked, and then you proceed with your quest.

As mentioned above, if this sounds strange, that's because it is. QC is for people craving something a little different. You'll spend a lot of time feeling lost, confused, and attempting Hail Mary actions to see what you can stir up and get into. This is what QC is actually all about: pushing you in both directions and seeing what you decide to try. But whether you enjoy it and stick with it is completely up to you.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Blendo Games
  • Release date: July 25, 2016
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: March 8, 2019

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