The trouble with browser games is that they are fairly limited in terms of the scope or scale of the gameplay, mostly because they are only designed for short bursts of fun. The most common forms of gameplay found in browser games are the endless runner and the tic-tac-toe-styled puzzle games wherein you match three identical items to erase them from the field. There are a few platformers in between, but they’re just like endless runners that are played horizontally, or in 2D. So a game like Ojello is a welcome sight.
Cut them up every which way
In Ojello, you are given a jelly-looking thing to slice or cut. (Actually, the thing looks more like a steak due to its color.) But you don’t just cut it up randomly like you would with an onion or a carrot. The jelly – for the purpose of this review, let’s simply refer to it as a jelly – is embedded with two or more golden orbs. How and why such things are even in it is a mystery that’s better off unsolved. Your goal is to cut up the jelly in a way that each portion contains one, and only one, piece of the golden orb.
You can be creative with your cuts, as long as they meet the intended goal it doesn’t matter how pretty each cut looks. But the number of cuts you can make is only limited, usually starting with only two in the beginning, so you don’t actually have the luxury of cutting up the poor little jelly as many times as you want.
Too much help?
Ojello isn’t exactly the hardest of games, thanks (or no thanks?) to the margin for error that the game gives you. First off, you can see the outline of the cut you’re about to make – you initiate the cut action by dragging on the screen. As long as you hold onto the screen, the game won’t initiate the cut, so you can actually see how the outcome will look like. Second, there is an Undo button. And that pretty much works the same way in word processor programs: If you make a bad cut, simply undo it. However, it only works if there are still moves left. And lastly, the game gives you the option to ask for hints on how to cut up the jelly, which is represented by a thin line and all you have to do is follow the cut. But like all good things, the hint option can only be used for a limited number of times – 30, to be exact.
Short but challenging
Of course, it’s up to you whether to make use of all the helping hand the game gives you. If you play through the game without help, you’ll find that it can be really challenging, especially in higher levels when the shapes of the jelly become more sophisticated and the number of orbs to evenly give portions to go up in number. There are only 118 levels in total, which requires you to also save up those hints towards the most difficult ones. The negative side of Ojello is that you’ll probably never look at a steak the same way again because you keep thinking there might be golden orbs hidden inside.