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It’s A Wrap Game Review

I recently had a chance to play It’s A Wrap! and it really stands out as a refreshingly inventive and engaging puzzle game. Developed by Chanko Studios, this action-packed adventure seamlessly weaves together the roles of a dashing action star and a behind-the-scenes director. With its clever mechanics and well-crafted levels, It’s A Wrap! offers a unique puzzle-solving experience that will keep you entertained and challenged. Get ready to dive into the glitzy world of Hollywood as we delve deep into this delightful gem.


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As the protagonist Johnny, an eccentric yet endearing action hero, you’ll be tasked with navigating cunningly designed levels filled with intricate puzzles. However, that’s not where the challenge ends; you’ll also take on the role of the director, setting up the scenes with various elements and timing everything to perfection. This innovative dual gameplay mechanic sets It’s A Wrap! apart from its puzzle game peers.

At the start, the game introduces you gently to the mechanics, gradually ramping up the complexity across three blockbuster films. From avoiding avalanches to soaring through the sky in a high-speed vehicle, the game consistently surprises and delights with its ever-expanding array of gameplay elements. It’s a testament to the developers’ creativity that each level brings something fresh to the table, making every stage a joy to conquer.

The tight platforming controls ensure that Johnny moves with a grace befitting his action hero status. The swift, precise movements required to navigate each scene are satisfyingly responsive, adding an extra layer of immersion to the gameplay. Whether it’s leaping to unreachable heights or skillfully avoiding perilous traps, every action you take as Johnny feels natural and intuitive.

The blend of puzzle-solving with platforming forces players to think on their feet. Every scene demands careful observation, planning, and execution. The ability to test elements individually and experiment freely before action begins is a stroke of genius, giving players the freedom to fine-tune their approach. While some later levels juggle multiple elements simultaneously, the forgiving difficulty curve ensures that frustration never overtakes the sense of accomplishment.


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It’s A Wrap! captures the spirit of classic ’80s action films with its vibrant pixel art visuals and a soundtrack that perfectly complements each scene. The attention to detail in the pixel animations, from Johnny’s expressive face to the dynamic environmental hazards, adds a layer of charm to every level. The delightful retro-inspired aesthetics create an immersive atmosphere that will transport players straight into the silver screen.


While It’s A Wrap! primarily focuses on its compelling gameplay, the inclusion of a coherent storyline adds depth to the overall experience. Through the eyes of Johnny, viewers get a glimpse into the world of zany action movies and the outrageous stereotypes they often perpetuated back in the day. The game successfully pokes fun at these dated tropes without undermining their significance, providing some thought-provoking moments alongside its lightheartedness.


It’s A Wrap! delivers a mesmerizing puzzle adventure that keeps players engaged from start to finish. Its inventive dual gameplay mechanic, captivating visuals, and clever level design make for an unforgettable journey through the glitz and glamor of the movie industry. While a few elements, such as the gunplay in the final set of levels, aren’t as polished as the rest, It’s A Wrap! remains a shining example of how puzzle games can continuously evolve and surprise players.

If you’re craving a fresh take on the puzzle genre and a chance to step into the shoes of an action star and director all in one, It’s A Wrap! should be at the top of your list. Chanko Studios has crafted a truly unique and enjoyable experience that effortlessly combines brain-teasing puzzles with retro-inspired action. Strap in for a cinematic adventure like no other. It’s 8/10 from me. It’s A Wrap is available on Steam right now.

About the author

Tom Henry

I worked as a PM in video games, now I'm trying some new things.