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Gua-Le-Ni; or, The Horrendous Parade, is an action-puzzle casual videogame for the Apple iPad.

One of its most distinguishing traits is that the game solely takes place on the wooden desk of an old, befuddled British taxonomist. On his desk, lies a fantastic book: a bestiary populated by impossible, finely drawn animals. Not unlike all the monsters of myths and folklores, Gua-Le-Ni’s impossible beasts are combinations of parts of real animals. To understand what I mean, it might help to think of fantastic creatures like the sphinx, the Minotaur, different chimeras or even South Park’s Manbearpig.

Such animal parts can vary from two to four animal parts. Each animal part, either a head or a body part, is reproduced on a taxonomic cube that can be rotated, flipped and moved until it matches the corresponding part of the passing animal. The goal of the game is precisely that of reconstructing the animals before they reach the end of the page-screen and disappear. When a match between the paper beast and the beast represented on the upper faces of the taxonomic cubes is accomplished, points are scored.

Different game modes are present in the game's fantastic bestiary, some of which are purely focusing on mnemonic tasks, on action mechanics such as feeding and optimized manipulation of the taxonomic cubes.


Gua-Le-Ni, or: The Horrendous Parade iPad RHI-HOG
Gua-Le-Ni, or: The Horrendous Parade iPad A Ti-Ster-Ster wobbles its way across a page of Gua-Le-Ni's fabulous bestiary.
Gua-Le-Ni, or: The Horrendous Parade iPad CA-BIT-DOR-STER

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iPad Game Reviews Aug 22, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Jan 18, 2012 9 out of 10 90
148apps Dec 12, 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
NG-Gamer Jan 19, 2012 87 out of 100 87
Indie Game Magazine Sep 03, 2012 83 out of 100 83
The Indie Mine Sep 11, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Touch Arcade Nov 29, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Dec 16, 2011 7.8 out of 10 78
Slide to Play Jan 17, 2012 3 out of 4 75
Calm Down Tom Dec 07, 2011 7 out of 10 70


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Stefano Gualeni (96) added Gua-Le-Ni, or: The Horrendous Parade (iPad) on Mar 18, 2012