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Poncho Preview – Fez Meets Braid

Poncho Preview - Gamers Heroes
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Platformers have seen a resurgence as of late, largely in part to the indie community. Rising Star Games’ Poncho is one of the latest to join the brood, bringing what could possibly be the most unique twist since the double jump.

Set in a dystopian future, Poncho tells the story of the titular robot Poncho. What was once a vibrant technological metropolis has now sunk into complete and utter disarray, with robots banding together to figure out the fate of mankind. What follows is a surprisingly deeply-written platformer that details Poncho and his search for his maker.

To do this, Poncho must navigate his 2D world with some adept platforming talents. Keys and backtracking are necessary, as are precisely timed jumps. However, Poncho has got a unique trick up his sleeve – he can jump between plains at the push of a button. Much like the world bending mechanic found in Fez, this ability allows Poncho to access normally unreachable areas and navigate the environment. In the four levels we played, this mechanic was used to time platform jumps, get to a higher plain, and just get a better view of things. It leads to a more cerebral form of play, one that encourages exploration and mastery of the environment.

What other tricks does Poncho have up his sleeve? All will be revealed when Poncho launches for Steam, the PlayStation 4, the Wii U, and the PlayStation Vita in September.

A preview build was offered for preview by the publisher.

Casey Scheld

Drawn to the underground side of gaming, Casey helps the lesser known heroes of video games. If you’ve never heard of it, he’s mastered it.
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