September 25th, 2012 | By Petey A.M.
Often players are limited to the set functions of the surrounding world. There are those nagging realities of gravity, physical limitations, an inability to traverse intergalactic distances by the snapping of fingers. Even if one of these limitations is taken away, we are then subject to the limitations of which limitations are not given to us. Make any sense? No? Well, the traditional linearity and limits of the world around us are obstacles to which 3 Core Studio do not make themselves vulnerable with Pulse Shift.
In Pulse Shift, a 3D puzzle platformer, the players are given one goal, which is to reach the arrow at the end of the stage as quickly as possible; however, the way to get there is entirely up to the player. Players are given the tools to manipulate physics to reach a destination. The world becomes a physics play toy as players reduce the affects of gravity, turn the world, visualize the invisible, and reverse or freeze time. Players can thus conquer levels through these different means.
Enemies in Pulse Shift are more environmental than they are true physical enemies. Lasers and falling pose the most serious of threats, but are avoided through the manipulation of time and space. If players do happen to fall or hit they must reverse time so as to avoid death. The time reversals are limited though by a regenreative bar in the upper left hand corner of the display. If the bar is not full players cannot reverse time and if that fateful moment comes as the player is plummeting into infinity, then the level must be restarted.
Pulse Shift promises to be a mind-warping 3D puzzle platforming experience and you can check it out at multiple places. First of all, look at 3 Core Studio’s official website. Second, go to Desura and download the alpha demo. Then if you dig it purchase the alpha version for 6.99 (30% off). For future info on Pulse Shift, as well as all your indie gaming news, reviews, editorials, and interviews keep your internet dial tuned in to Indiegamemag.com. What’s that? There are no internet dials? Then use the remote.