Developer: Gravity Box Studio
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
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The demo can be found on the game's website, here.
I first came across this on GameJolt a couple of months ago when the developer first uploaded the demo/prototype and was really impressed at the polish it had for a one-man team. It's a puzzle-platformer reminiscent of TRI, Quantum Conundrum, and Portal. I chatted with the dev for a bit in the Gamejolt lobby too and he seems like a pretty cool guy although his English isn't perfect. I'm sure he'd be willing to have a feature here in the future.
I realize this game is (currently) only $4 and we have a semi-rule about suggestions being at least $5 retail, but I'm suggesting this anyway because I am extremely impressed by the polish and presentation, and games in this genre tend to attract a lot of attention ever since Portal. The game could use the popularity boost too, and it certainly deserves it.
Also, the price will go up as the game progresses in development, so it's only sort of lightly bending the rule.
"Inverto is a first person shooter-puzzler with gravity manipulations. Game is ideological successor of such games as "Prey" and "Portal" with a pinch of parkour. Proceed all of the testing areas as a simple researcher with your trusty GraviGun. Prepare to explore Escher-esque spaces and solve navigational puzzles by changing gravity direction, employing body momentum and fighting nausea (only if you have weak vestibular system). "Inverto" is developed on Unity3D game engine and is planned on Windows, Mac, Linux and Web. Will be released later this summer. Current version of the game is in alpha state, and does not represent final product quality."
You play as a private detective, ex-Space Ranger signed up on a dangerous testing experiment, in an attempt to find a researcher in Gravity Labs facilities and uncover an evil conspiracy, mandatory, in such cases.
Proceed all of the testing areas with your trusty gravity gun (some resarchers gently call it 'Gravitron'). Prepare to explore Escher-esque spaces and solve navigational puzzles by changing gravity direction, employing body momentum and fighting nausea (only if you have weak vestibular system), pushing boxes and carrying a lot of different keys.
- Gravity manipulations in first person view.
- Puzzles built around concept of switching gravity direction and employing physics laws in order to proceed.
- Explorable environment to improve your gameplay experience, Use keys, keycards, switches or even heavy objects to open some doors, procced to some areas.
- Find secret rooms, hidden passages, corridors and shortcuts.
- Clean and simple art style
Some secret game features, that are not presented yet in alpha version:
Teleports. As you have already seen in a trailer, Inverto makes use of teleports, its not a mega revolutionary feature, but it adds complexity to the puzzles I'll present in near future.
Energy circuits. They control energy flow in Gravity Labs. Teleports, for example are connected with a circuit line which defines next teleportation point. Circuits can have branches, which means different teleport can be chosen. Some objects are powered by them, like, bridges, doors, force fields. In this case different branch powers different device, level part etc.
Physics. Actually it's not new but used in a new way. Some parts of a level might be blocked from player access, but it's not always have to stay that way. Proper use of gravity direction, heavy objects and physics laws may break out a new way for you. Like this giant bit in a trailer you've all seen.
Gyroscopic switches. Some switches in a game does not require player interaction, rather they use gravity direction. Just like in real life gyroscopes do. That means some devices connected to such switch, can be turned on only when gravity vector is correct.
- 'Inverto' is developed on Unity3D game engine and is planned on Windows, Mac, Linux and Web.
- Game will be released at the end of this year.
- Game formerly known as 'Gravitron' (see second video)
- Game is developed by one-man studio.