Kiwi-made puzzle game Samsara is coming to Xbox One and PC on February 7, Auckland's Marker studios has announced.
Samsara is described as a reflective puzzle game of contrasts and echoes, in which you guide an innocent child safely to the exit of each level.
You do so by dropping blocks with different shapes and properties into a world of two dimensions separated by a pool.
According to Marker, the game's deceptively simple mechanics conceal rich and complex interactions that involve positioning, pathfinding, gravity, balance, timing, redirection and teleportation, with Samsara’s significant twist: everything added in the upside down world of Zee’s mysterious shadow below reflects in the world above.
Here's the set-up:
While playing in the park, Zee follows a squirrel through a portal to a world of echoes, inhabited by a shadow child. Surrounded by the unknown and trapped in a series of realms both confusing and dangerous, the youngsters must avoid slipping into the pool between dimensions, embarking on a voyage of discovery and awakening they share with the player, up and down staircases, through light and dark, across the upside-down and the right side-up to their eventual freedom.
You can check out its Steam page here.
iOS and Android versions will follow later this year.