foursided2Platform puzzle games are usually a decent breeding ground for originality and creativity due to how simplistic the mechanics of running and jumping are. It’s a strong familiar foundation that, if built upon correctly, can completely transcend its original genre and become something new and unfamiliar. Many games have pulled this off, and I think the next game to do this might just be Ludo Land’s Four Sided Fantasy.

Four Sided Fantasy is a puzzle platformer that deals with a mechanic we’ve all seen before, in both film and video games. Move past a border of the screen, and whatever passes that threshold will appear on the other side, as if one flows seamlessly into the other. This has been done before in video games, but never to the extent of Four Sided Fantasy, and the one little thing that’s new here completely changes everything: you get to pick where the borders of the screen lie. By enabling you to either leave the screen where it is or move it with you, Four Sided fantasy brings about a new level of depth and thought-provoking impossibility to puzzle platforming. This mechanic, paired with a no-nonsense level design sensibility, may put this game close to the top of your watch list.

If any of this seems interesting to you, you can go over to Four Sided Fantasy’s Kickstarter page and check out more information, screenshots, videos, and music, as well as donation tiers and, best of all, free downloads of two award-nominated indie games that can show you just how much fun breaking the fourth wall can be: Perspective and The Fourth Wall, both formerly developed by Four Sided Fantasy’s lead developer. Also be sure to vote on Steam Greenlight for a wider release!

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Nathaniel Liles
Nathaniel Liles is a freelance writer, writing major, and indie musician based in Southern Indiana. While procrastinating or avoiding real-world responsibility, Nathaniel enjoys playing rhythm games, action RPGs, and very colorful games with many bright, flashing lights. You can listen to Nathaniel sing songs or download his music for free at http://nathanielliles.bandcamp.com/.
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