October 26th, 2012 | By Dominic Tarason
Generously large DLC packs are always nice to see. Generously large and completely free DLC is almost unheard of, but that’s just what owners of Smudged Cat’s charming little puzzle-platformer The Adventures Of Shuggy are getting today with the release of Shuggy’s Teleporting Troubles. Another 40 puzzle-heavy singleplayer levels to play, which is an impressive amount when you consider that the original game was 100 stages long.
Perhaps in celebration of Smudged Cat’s newer release, Gateways, the core theme of the Teleporting Troubles expansion is warping space. In this case, by placing teleporter panels on surfaces, and warping to them later. If a block you’ve placed a teleporter on has rotated, then you’ll come out the other end oriented to gravity relative to the new facing of the block… It sounds complex, but makes sense after a few minutes. It also makes for some remarkably complex brainteasers.
Teleporting Troubles is effectively a miniature version of the original campaign. It’s split into 5 worlds, each with their own quirks and themes, and layers new puzzle elements on top of teleportation as you progress. Once you graduate past gravity-related antics, you’ve got elements such as versions of yourself displaced in time as well as space, just in case you haven’t had your recommended daily dose of head-explosion yet.
You can buy Shuggy direct from the developers site for a wallet-friendly $5. As it uses the Humble Store, this means that you get both the DRM-free version (added to your Humble Bundle page, if you have one) and a Steam key, and the developer gets a bigger cut of the profits, too. Everyone wins! Those with the game on Steam should find Teleporting Troubles added to the main menu, while DRM-free folks will have to update the game manually.