If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, it’s almost impossible not to see Pivvot as a response to the abstract dodge-or-die arcade design of Terry Cavanagh’s indie hit Super Hexagon. Both games require you to rotate a small on-screen point around randomized geometric shapes flying at you from changing directions. Both also use increasing speeds and nervy, thrumming soundtracks designed as much to distract as thrill. But where Hexagon’s tension and fear came from the panic of trying to guess (and keep pace with) its breakneck shape changes, the linear track Pivvot runs on changes its feel a bit.
Think you have what it takes to best Super Hexagon? If you have strong reflexes and an iron will, you probably do. The real question is whether or not you possess the patience to subject yourself to the maddening hazing needed to achieve mastery of its abstract geometrics. That's another matter entirely. Like any good arcade puzzler, Super Hexagon’s overlying simplicity masks a deceptively devious core. In the purest mechanical sense, all you’re doing is rotating a small triangle to avoid an endless scroll of glowing obstacles that fixate on the screen’s center. A collision of any kind means instant death. Simple, right?