Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Watchlist: Hyphen

Title: Hyphen
Developer: FarSpace Studios
Platforms: PC (Mac, Linux, others planned)
Price: £3.99 (~$6.60), currently on sale for 12.5% off)
Hyphen is a must have addition to any puzzle/action game lover’s collection. Navigate a rotating stick through intricate and fiendish neon mazes while trying to avoid the walls and obstacles. Although it sounds extremely simple, it’s fun and infuriatingly challenging at the same time. Coupled with an awesome soundtrack and gorgeous glowing visuals this game will blow your mind in more ways than one.

In the past few months, it seemed like the rotating evasion style genre were making a comeback, between Duet and Cyro on IOS and the upcoming Roundabout on PC. Now you can add Hyphen to the list. Set against a neon vector background, you guide a rotating line through a gauntlet of obstacles and hazards from narrow tunnels to moving platforms. It's a time-tested mechanic, that frustrates and challenges due to the need for perfect timing and narrow margin for error, and rewards patience and skill. Judging from the trailer and short demo, Hyphen promises to add some extra arcade challenge to the mix, with bullet patterns to rotate between, spiked crushers, lasers, saw blades, and other fiendish dangers. Thankfully the controls work perfectly on either keyboard or gamepad, allowing for precise movement through the tightest gaps, and a pulsing soundtrack complements the action. 
Hyphen is set to release in early 2014 on PC, with additional support for Mac and Linux and ports to Xbox 360, IOS and Android planned post-release. You can preorder Hyphen on the official site and vote for the game on Steam Greenlight.

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