Developer Vivid Helix announced today the release of Semispheres, a “contemplative parallel platformer.” The game is now available for PlayStation 4 and on Steam.
Featuring a bichromatic art style comprised of warm blues and oranges, Semispheres is a 2D puzzle game that seeks to reunite two parallel worlds. The story revolves around a boy and his robot, unfolding in parallel with the puzzle progression.
Gameplay involves the use of dual analogue sticks, each one set to control a different avatar in environments that initially appear identical but reveal profound differences crucial to progression. With more than 50 levels, each building on top of each other, the complexity grows as the player advances. Portals allow the avatars to enter each other’s reality, creating inter-dimensional puzzles which depend on methodical planning and skillful execution. In addition to the puzzles, sentries guard the two realities, requiring players evade their field of vision in order to advance safely. Stealth-inspired elements such as noise-makers, side-swapping, and teleporting have been included for that purpose. Success means that players will eventually resynchronize reality.
The synth-led soundtrack was created by Sid Barnhoorn, composer of Antichamber, Out There, and The Stanley Parable. Controller support on both PlayStation 4 and Steam includes the option to play with keyboard.
“Semispheres is a single-player puzzle game where you simultaneously control two characters in connected realities,” said Radu Muresan, designer of Semispheres. “With a minimalist aesthetic mixed with Sid Barnhoorn’s soundtrack, players solve puzzles by distracting, switching sides, using portals and teleporters, all while challenging brain-hand coordination.”
Semispheres retails for $9.99/€9.99/£6.99. There will be releases to more platforms as 2017 progresses.