Canadian independent video game developer Phantom Compass has set July 13, 2021, as the release date for its ‘challenge and chill’ puzzle game Triversal. The game will be published for Windows PC and can be wishlisted over on Steam. You can also go there to request access to join the Triversal playtest to check out the beta version of the game until May 31.
As described by the devs, Triversal is “a satisfying puzzle game that offers the perfect balance of chill and challenge.” It’s one of those soothing and relaxing puzzle games designed to strike the perfect balance between being a readily accessible “pick up n’ play” game and being an “intellectual challenge.”
Triversal has a simple gameplay premise: maneuver a glowing orb to fit perfectly over the top of a black hole by tethering it to stationary nodes. Seems easy enough to do, at least through the initial training stages. However, you soon find the challenge is in using your spatial logic and problem-solving skills to tether the orb to only the correct three nodes in a limited number of moves per level.
As you progress through the game levels, the difficulty increases by way of having multiple tether-anchoring nodes to choose from, with the correct choices not always being clearly apparent. Thankfully, the devs designed some in-game help, through ‘coins’ you can collect to purchase items, modifiers, and flexible nodes to give you more puzzle-solving options. Coins may also be used to purchase hints for each level, and expertly collecting all the coins on a level will earn you a bonus.
Tony Walsh, Company Director at Phantom Compass, had this to say:
We designed Triversal to be a chill pick up n’ play puzzle game. It’s a relaxing but challenging experience that doesn’t require a huge time commitment and can be played on the go or in between tasks, but still contains a level of depth and polish that make it stand out from the crowd.”
Triversal also has a calm and soothing music soundtrack flowing behind its gameplay. Additionally, you can choose from a selection of soothing visual elements (gems, holo, plastiq, and techno) and music styles to set up a game session that’s just the right kind of relaxing for you.
The devs also had streamers in mind while developing Triversal. The built-in Streamer Assist Feature adds an on-screen overlay while streaming the game, allowing for your viewers to easily help you solve the challenging puzzles in real-time. To see how this feature works in play, watch the Triversal “Streamer Assist” Feature Demo over on the Phantom Compass YouTube channel.
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