Around these parts, we absolutely love games that play on physics. From the (relatively) serious gameplay of Portal and TerraTech, to the absolutely ridiculous antics of Octodad and I Am Bread, the genre has a lot to offer. Soon to be joining the more ‘serious’ side of the physics spectrum is In Between, the new game from developer gentlymad. and publisher Headup Games.
How serious is In Between? The game stars a protagonist who’s dying of cancer, for one, and its plot is described as a “tragic story for reflection”. It’s certainly not a walk in the park then, but In Between could offer an entertaining and harrowing experience when it comes to PC, PS4, Xbox One and mobile devices soon.
In Between on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Mobile
In Between gets its name from its world which is ‘in between’ reality and fiction. You’ve got the hard hitting storyline of our protagonist, whose life and struggle we’ll learn more about during the course of the game, sandwiched between “mindbending puzzles”. It’s a clever yet emotional matchup.
These puzzles, gentlymad. and Headup explain, will involve “manipulating your surroundings and gravity itself”. In Between is a platformer, but not in a traditional sense as there is 4-way gravity alteration which, as you can see in the trailer, can totally change the way you move through a level. Plus, In Between will also feature “mechanics derived from thanatology”, which is the scientific study of death and how the body changes with it, so expect that to be worked in somehow.
Additionally, In Between will feature “static and dynamic obstacles” and “interactive story sequences”. These may just be buzz phrases as dynamic obstacles could be something as simple as boxes that we have to move to jump on and interactive story sequences could just be drawn storyboards where we click an arrow to continue, but it’ll be something to look out for in upcoming gameplay footage.
In Between will be released in August 2015 on PC, Mac and Linux. It will be released later this year on iOS and Android and it will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in early 2016.