What started as a game jam project by Chris Johnson in 2010 has slowly blossomed into a stunning, minimalist puzzle game. After 5 years of intermittent development, Johnson and his composer/collaborator Chris Larkin have finally announced that Expand will be made available September 30th on Steam, the Humble Store, and itch.io.
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"Puzzle game" doesn't quite seem to do it justice, though. The goal of the game is simple enough: weave your way through a circular labyrinth. What makes the game defy description lies in the way that labyrinth constantly evolves, with the environment constantly sxhifting around you in sync with the beat of the musical score. The result comes across as a meditative experience reminiscent of Hohokum, and one I can't wait to get my hands on.
A trailer is worth a thousand words, however:
- Eduardo R.