Hyphen is an upcoming puzzle action game featuring a line that needs to be guided through mazes. Various obstacles will try to prevent hyphen from reaching its goals. Colourful and challenging puzzler got my attention straight away.
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Update: Hyphen went for Steam Greenlight. The game is really clever and annoying with the difficult levels. Got my vote, see if you can help Marc and his mate by lending it yours.
It’s not every day that we can find a game as deep and unique as the Hyphen. This game is not about following a story, it is all about getting your brain into a gear and see how far you can get with leading the line through neon mazes.
There is no tutorial for the Hyphen, and there is no need for one anyway. As soon as you start the game, controls will be explained. After that you are on your own, curving the path through obstacles and placing save points carefully.
The green line is controlled by the arrows, it constantly spins making it difficult to reach the end of the maze. The first maze is rather easy which is cool to get a feeling of what the game is about. The following one took me a while, but once I started using my brain instead of just trying to pass the narrow path randomly, reaching the goal was possible.
It is good to see a game that focuses on nothing else, but the ultimate goal. Black background is there on a purpose so the main focus stays on colourful objects. These neon objects are done in a stunning way. Glowing in the dark to showing the path of the green line. Even the edges of the maze are highlighted, knowing exactly what to avoid and where to go couldn't have been done in a better way.
New challenges are introduced with each new maze, testing your attention and skills to the maximum. My addiction to the Hyphen game was developed as soon as I've seen the second maze. Par time said 1 minute, though it took me several more to complete it. I just kept going on and on, thinking I will figure out this level eventually.
That green line moves smoothly, might seem relaxing at first, but the obstacles will soon put an end to that. Boxes on the screen can be easily avoided if you pace the progress a little, not that I could say the same for the narrow paths and vertical lines. Is that bad? Of course not, the game is supposed to be challenging and keep your attention, and that is exactly what the Hyphen does.
The game concept might not be original, although the challenges are very unique. The spinning stick mechanic of the Hyphen game is based on an old Japanese carnival game called Kururin. The Hyphen game features that same game concept with modern design and really addictive challenges.
Amazing how a game without a story and tutorial can be so awesome. The story isn't needed in the first place, but if you were looking for one you can always imagine it as a journey of the green stick through a mind challenges.
At times I actually wanted to punch my keyboard, the frustration can reach the peak when failing to get through a narrow path for five six times in a row. The only thing that stopped me is that laptop keyboard is not so cheap to replace, and without one I wouldn't be able to play the Hyphen for some time.
Game controller can be used as well as a keyboard, all the controls are shown at one of the first few screens, before you are dragged into the first maze.
Soundtrack follows the challenging aspect of the Hyphen, it is so catchy and will stay in your head for a while, even after you exit the game. I can’t find a flaw in this game, seriously it is just so smooth and addictive. I can find a flaw in my gameplay though. Keeping calm is and being patient is what the Hyphen is trying to teach me.
FarSpace Studio is behind the Hyphen game. Two guys, Marc and Robert, decided to put their software developing skills into an action and have created a Windows PC puzzler that is will be a great addition to any game’s collection. Playing games has been their passion, these guys know a game needs to have to be loved.
Once released, the game will feature 36 levels, an original soundtrack composed by Andrew Lloyd, mini games that will be unlockable, and keyboard and gamepad support. Hyphen is expected to be released very soon for the Windows, other platforms have to wait a bit as licenses needs to be acquired. This will include Xbox 360, Mac OSX, Linux, Android, and iOS.
Demo, news, pre-order info, and everything else that’s important can be found at the FarSpace Studio’s official website. See if you can play the demo and say it’s not something you’d like to continue playing. Helping the game doesn't have to be all about the money, like and share this preview, and if you can spare few minutes of your time, have a look at the Hyphen Thunderclap page and lend your social voice if you like the game. Spreading the word isn't hard, especially when you do it for an Indie game.
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