Tandem: A Tale of Shadows is a forthcoming game for release on PC, Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year and has a very cool feel of 2018’s Iris.Fall to it.
Developer Monochrome and Publisher Hatinh Interactive have unveiled a new cinematic story reveal trailer for the upcoming dreamlike puzzle platformer, which follows a headstrong girl named Emma and an adorable teddy bear named Fenton as they attempt to find clues regarding Thomas Kane’s mysterious disappearance.
Inspired by Jules Vernes, Conan Doyle and Tim Burton, each dimension in Tandem feels like a German expressionist or Dutch golden age art piece brought to life.
Synopsis: When Thomas Kane, the only son of a famous family of illusionists, inexplicably vanishes, 10-year-old Emma decides to investigate. On her way to the Kanes’ manor, Emma witnesses Fenton innocently bounce from a speeding carriage. The girl and the teddy bear chase after the wagon and enter the manor’s grounds. A captivating story of illusory dangers and shifting perspectives begins.
In Tandem: A Tale of Shadows, fans of puzzle platformers and action and adventure games will be able to peel back the curtain enshrouding five beautiful Victorian-inspired worlds. Players will alternate between Emma’s top-down view and Fenton’s horizontal side-scroller view, using the former’s lantern to cast shadows the teddy bear can cross. Intelligent obstacles and clever gameplay mechanics will force players to constantly remain on their toes.
UPDATE: September 10th:
I’ve now (and recently uploaded) played chapters 1 and 2 in full, which are in the press Beta that’s been released, and loved them both, but at this point, it’s clear that since the CGI sequences are sometimes silent, and occasionally jittery, that indicates something that hasn’t fully been playtested. In fact, the game crashed in the final section of Chapter 2, albeit just the once. However, since I was just about to complete the chapter, that was a royal pain.
Redoing that, I enjoyed these chapters overall and am very much looking forward to the finished game. For now, you can see my gameplay below of everything so far…
Tandem: A Tale of Shadows is due for release on October 21st, and we’ll be reviewing it nearer the time.
Check out the gameplay below:
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