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South African developed game, Semblance, is coming to the Switch and PC this year


The Nintendo Switch had a brilliant first year, but one thing that was missing, in my opinion, is some South African made games. That’s where Semblance comes in, a “playdough platformer” from local developer Nyamakop and published by Good Shepard Entertainment, where you deform a beautiful minimalist world.

The game looks perfect for the Nintendo Switch as you can see in the trailer at the bottom of this article. It is also coming to PC and Mac via Steam and you can put the game on your wishlist right now.  At the time of writing, there is no specific release date other than “early 2018”. So, what is a “playdough platformer” as the developer describes the game?

Well, it is actually a puzzle platformer in a world where everything is made of playdough, which means you will solve puzzles by manipulating the environment and deforming your character, squishing and squashing as you progress. The game’s concept sounds really interesting to me, as “hardness” doesn’t exist in the world and it looks like the game will give players a lot of freedom to do what they want and complete puzzles in different ways.

Best of all, it is from a South African developer and we all know local is lekker! Check out the game’s description and key features as outlined on the game’s Steam page below:

Semblance is a ‘playdough platformer’ with deformable terrain, set in a beautiful minimalist world. It’s a game that asks, what if you could deform and reshape the world itself? Semblance takes the idea of a ‘platform’ in a platformer and turns it on it’s head. What if platforms were actually part of the gameplay, part of the way you solved problems?

Explore a world where the default is soft, where the property of 'hardness' doesn't exist. Each of the game's three worlds explore a new consequence of a planet that can shift, change and deform. Beat back the strange, crystalline infection of hard material by freeing the world's life essences and uncover the dark cause for its appearance.” - Source

Semblance features:

  • Unique and innovative deforming platform gameplay: Can’t reach a collectible? Just deform and elevate a piece of the ground so that the point you jump from is higher. Nasty spikes in the way? Just deform and push-down the ground lower so that you can pass by. Squish, bounce, squash and transform the world - and yourself to solve problems.
  • Beautiful Minimalist Aesthetic Design: Explore 3 worlds bursting with colorful minimalist charm, quirky critters, and calming vistas. Become hypnotized by each world's dynamically layered score, each with a hint of African aural distinction.
  • Explore non-linearly: The game allows you to move between puzzles as you wish, never forcing you to find a solution in order to progress and enabling you to come back later. Similarly, the game's narrative is presented expansively, allowing you to explore- and piece together the story for yourself as you roam the game.              

Semblance sounds like a really unique game and I, for one, can't wait to play it later this year.

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