Echochrome is a clever and unique puzzle game that tests the quick thinking IQ skills of those brave enough to get stuck in.
The premise is fairly simple, keep a mannequin-type figure strolling along a rotatable M.C. Escher-like world, where perspective is key. By turning the viewing angle, gaps appear to connect and platforms that once looked impossible to reach suddenly become assailable. It's a quaint idea and certainly one to silence any grumblers who claim innovation in videogames is sparse.
While Echochrome has been around long enough for a much more elaborate sequel to appear for PlayStation Move, the archetype still holds its own and is well worth a look-in for anyone who enjoys a good mental challenge and isn't bothered by fancy graphics.
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Eric Chahi's recent take on the Populous-like God game genre made its way to PSN this September after a successful launch on its rival platform earlier in the summer.
Players take on the role of the almighty and work through various missions manipulating the environment in a bid to save a nomadic tribe. Control the elements from water to lava in real time in a first-person like view, restructuring entire islands on the fly.
Gameplay is simple, the visuals are great and there's nothing more satisfying than starting as an unknown deity and gaining enough followers to be truly worshipped as a god.
You can read our in-depth look at From Dust here at Vulture Central.
Platform(s) PS3, Xbox Live, PC
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No Battlefield 1943? This is the best downloadable game of this generation in my humble opinion. Endless hours of fighting online for supremacy on the Pacific islands
Love their stuff. Super Stardust HD and its PSP port addicted me half to death. Had a quick bash on Dead Nation's co-op mode, but not given the single player chance to eat my free time yet. Outland looks like fun!
Amazed that Super Stardust isn't on this list, to be honest. It's one of those games that makes me adore my HDTV. I pick it up fairly regularly and run one of the more insane modes/levels, just to let it melt my fucking brain. (And the PS3 processor.)
What a lousy list of great games.
I mean these are all really good, but why include multiplatform titles. You could easilly filled that list with PSN exclusives that are unparalleled.
Not a single Pixeljunk game on the list? Come on...
I think you mean.
Nooooooooo Jooooooooooe D-D-D-D-Dangeerrrr!
It's not a great game, it's the only game.
Huh, I didn't even know it had been released -- I saw a flash demo version of a couple of scenes back in ... 2006? 2007? ..., and it was beautiful and intriguing, but never saw it had been released. Since I'm not a PSN user, I'm more than happy to see that it's available on the PC.