Another game that really stunned me within the indie game lineup this year was Projection: First Light, a puzzle platformer which plans to release in Q2 2018 on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mac.
It is a challenging task to add depth to a platformer, and Projection did it very well. The story follows the adventures of Greta, a girl who lives in a intricate shadow puppet world, as she embarks on a expedition through the history of shadow puppetry, visiting various cultures and meeting legendary heroes along the way.
Early on in her journey, Greta takes control of a light source and finds out that she can control it. Using a second set of movement controls, the player can use this orb of light to add shadows to world to use as platforms and walls. Greta also uses her environment around her by picking up and repositioning boxes and jars to create shadow platforms to progress. There are bonus stars scattered throughout the level tough challenges for the players.
This game bridges the gap between extremely beautiful and challenging at the same time. The gorgeous detail in the puppet NPCs alongside gorgeous sound design showed extreme attention to detail. To ensure accuracy and detail within the shadow puppets, Shadowplay Studios talked with Richard Bradshaw, a renowned Australian puppeteer and historian who helped the studio highlight the culture behind the art form through history.
Through its great attention to detail and fascinating story, Shadowplay Studios was able to bring real depth to the very simple platformer genre. I look forward to purchasing this game on release for my PC!