Outsmart yourself in the mind-bending cyber-horror puzzle game ECHOPLEX
- Genre: Puzzle, Sci-Fi, Psychological Horror
- Release date: 6 April 2017 (Steam Early Access)
- Platforms: PC, Mac
- Price: $9.99
- Development started: June 2015
- Current status: Steam Early Access available
- Steam URL: http://store.steampowered.com/app/611060/
- Studio: Output Games
- Contact: email@example.com
- Official Website: http://echoplexgame.com
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- Review copies: https://www.keymailer.co/g/games/38660
Outsmart yourself in the cyber-horror puzzle game, ECHOPLEX – now available on Steam Early Access for Windows and Mac.
ECHOPLEX, the thought-provoking debut title by indie developer Output Games, is now available on Steam Early Access for Windows and Mac. Are you willing to question your very existence in this intriguing cyber-horror puzzle game?
In ECHOPLEX, an eerie “echo” of yourself shadows your every move. Everything you do is repeated by it – and if you stand still for too long, it’s game over. The secret to surviving in ECHOPLEX is to use the entity’s mimicry to your advantage. For example, walking through a door’s trigger will lock the door in front of you – but as the Echo passes through the same trigger, the door will open … allowing you to pass through.
The non-linear storyline in ECHOPLEX explores the mysterious connection between an engineer working at Clonochem Corporation and an activist protesting the company’s controversial product, Continuum. When the engineer calls a phone number written on a severed arm, he finds himself as one of many iterations caught up in an endless cycle of repeating events…. Do you have what it takes to break free?
Created by indie filmmaker Tyron Janse van Vuuren, ECHOPLEX features a gripping, self-contained storyline. Tyron’s many years of experience as a director played a key role in crafting ECHOPLEX’s story arcs – particularly during the game’s unsettling live action sequences.
“We never dreamed that the ECHOPLEX prototype would be so well-received, and that it would one day become a full-fledged title,” says Tyron Janse van Vuuren, founder of Output Games. “Personally, I can’t wait to hear what players think of the story so far! As a filmmaker, I put a premium on storytelling – and I think players will get a kick out of the cinematic cutscenes in the game, which provide a nice contrast to the more minimalist visuals.”
Originally a browser-based prototype in 2015 (where it gained popularity and a cult-like following), ECHOPLEX entered Steam Greenlight in October of 2016 and was Greenlit in just 20 days.
- Solve unusual spatial puzzles anchored by an innovative Echo gameplay mechanic.
- Experience the story through puzzle-solving and live-action video clips shot by an indie film director.
- Explore intriguing, minimalist environments.
- Enjoy an abstract soundscape augmented by a “cyber-horror” score (composed by Revin Goff).
- Play under intense time pressure as your Echo draws near…
PRICING & AVAILABILITY
ECHOPLEX is available on Steam Early Access (Windows/Mac) $8.99 — 10% off the game’s retail price. The sale will end a week after launch (April 13).
ABOUT THE DEVELOPER
Output Games is a small indie studio based in Durban, South Africa. Founded in 2016 by creative director Tyron Janse van Vuuren, the studio’s goal is to push the boundaries of immersive storytelling in games — particularly through experiments with mixed media. The company’s name refers to both sensory and productive output. Tyron collaborated with developer and art director Henk Scheepers to create ECHOPLEX, the studio’s first game. For more information about Output Games, please visit http://output.games.
“If Stanley Parable, Portal and QUBE went minimalist…” – PCGamer
“A slick, stylish and rather scary puzzle adventure.” – AlphaBetaGamer
“Intriguing… Minimalist aesthetic and tricky spatial puzzles.” – IndieGames.com
Tyron Janse van Vuuren – Game director
Henk Scheepers – Coding + Art director
Ronnie Wong Ho Hip – Character design + animation
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