Gather Round For This Gorgeous Amphora Trailer

Moondrop have released a trailer for their puzzle game Amphora and it’s stunning. I was going to say it was the most beautiful thing I’d seen all day except that during the course of writing this article I watched Alfonso Ribeiro finally doing the Carlton Dance on Dancing With The Stars.

So! Amphora is a puzzle game which is coming out in November. The art style is inspired by shadow theatre, but the way it’s been coloured also puts me in mind of stained glass windows. Also quilling, which is a way of arranging thin scrolls of coloured paper to make pictures.

The puzzle solving element is based around physics puzzles and object manipulation – one video shows you attaching fallen stars to ropes which hang from trees. A few other videos show people or animals apparently being exploded by a jar which falls from space. The eponymous amphora, I would assume.

How much exploding of loved up couples and hares you’ll get to actually do in the game is a matter on which I am uncertain. The general tone of the trailer suggests something creative and poetic rather than HERE IS A BIG JAR RUSHING AT YOUR FACE GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. Lyrical not projectile.

Here’s another beautiful teaser video which shows one of Aesop’s fables – The Tortoise And The Hare. I do not remember the part where the hare gets splattered but then it’s been a while since I read those stories. It’s so pretty, though.


  1. YogSo says:

    Wow, apart from having gained a bit of weight, Alfonso Ribeiro doesn’t look like he’s aged a single day since the Fresh Prince days.

    Edit: Err, since this is the first comment, I should say something about the game too. I like the visual design, but something in the animations seen in those trailers rubbed me the wrong way – for some reason they make me think about “cheap flash games”. I understand they are going for a kind of “puppetry” effect, but I don’t know, there’s something offputting about them. The music is very nice, though.

    • AyeBraine says:

      It’s not just any puppetry, it’s strange and mesmerizing chinese shadow theatre. I don’t pretend that I can be actually mesmerized with it – but rather it forces me to TRY to transport myself into a mindset that doesn’t know cinema or TV. There’s something fundamental about carved shadows vs. uniform light. I mean, motion pictures went straight to animating actual images; this theatre animates shadows – spectral reflections of the world. In a way, it’s no less jarring and strange to us than to the people who went to see it centuries ago.

  2. Hideous says:

    I played this at GDC! I misunderstood one of the puzzles where you had to build a rope-bridge for sheep… and ended up just using planks to fling the sheep across the gap instead.

  3. Ivan Ulyanov says:

    Reminds me a lot of Michel Ocelot’s animated films, which is most certainly a good thing!

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    This looks quite lovely.