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Poncho Preview – Fez Meets Braid

Poncho Preview - Gamers Heroes
Poncho Preview – Gamers Heroes
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.

[infobox style=’success’ static=’1′]A preview build was offered for preview by the publisher.[/infobox]

Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

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