BAFTA award winner developer Dan Smith brings this new first person puzzle game to PC and consoles.
BAFTA award winning game developer Dan Smith uploaded in the last couple of hours an 11 minute gameplay video with commentary on his new title, The Spectrum Retreat. This first person puzzle game will be releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch this summer.
The Spectrum Retreat is the product of the combined efforts between Dan Smith and indie publishers at Ripstone Games. The game harnesses the power of a very simple mechanic and makes it more complex as players advance through the different rooms and floors of the hotel.
In The Spectrum Retreat, players will be immersed in the futuristic art-deco confined reality of The Penrose Hotel, in which they will have to interact with different colours acting as keys to unlock doors and new areas. With the help of a mysterious device, users will be able to “absorb” colours and use them to gain access to new areas and progress in the story.
“When I first began development, I couldn’t have anticipated that five years later we’d be releasing a game like this and that I would pick up a BAFTA along the way. The Spectrum Retreat is built on the mechanics I developed a few years ago, but they’re now integrated with a mature, absorbing story and setting. It’s been great to push the game further in every aspect and to craft an engaging world that can deliver the puzzles and story together.”, were Smith’s words back during the game’s announcement.
In this 11 minutes long gameplay video, Dan Smith comments on top of the introductory segment of his new game, and explains the logic behind some of his design and artistic choices. In it, he reveals some details about high-level concepts of The Spectrum Retreat, his motives and inspirations, as well as some deep insight into its particular puzzle mechanics and how it changes and evolves through the game.
Through exploration of the striking art-deco hotel you will begin to uncover the mysteries of both The Penrose and the uncertainties surrounding your current stay. Your desire to unearth the truth is obstructed by an array of colour coded first-person puzzles, mind-bending physics challenges and the growing fear of exposing your true intentions.
The Spectrum Retreat will be available for PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch during this summer.
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