Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Watchlist: Teslagrad

Title: Teslagrad
Developer: Rain
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Releasing in 2013, Demo available here
"Teslagrade is a 2D puzzle-platformer, where you play as a young lad who suddenly finds himself embroiled in an ancient conflict that will shake the foundations of his enture existence, and bring a gruesome truth to light."
Teslagrad first caught my eye while browsing Steam Greenlight and the recent demo affirmed those initial impressions. Teslagrad is shaping up to be something special. Set in an alternate steampunk Europe, you find yourself in the mysterious Tesla Tower and must solve platforming based puzzles using an array of electromagnetic powers. The lengthy demo offers two: a gauntlet that allows you to switch an object's polarity and boots that allow you to teleport short distances.

These two abilities alone allow for a wide variety of puzzling and platforming challenges and I had a lot of fun with the demo. But what stood out the most in my opinion is the atmospheric art style and the fluid animations. Those two elements make Teslagrad not only a joy to play, but also a wonderful visual experience.
Except for a frustrating boss that killed me more than I'd care to admit, the Teslagrad demo is very promising and I can't wait to see what fiendish challenges and cool powers will be available in the full game. You can find the demo on Desura or vote for Teslagrad on its Steam Greenlight page here.

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