Echoplex (echoplex) on (on) early (early) access (access)

If you were paying attention, and I know you never do, you’ll know that Echoplex [official site] is a first-person puzzler where a dangerous copy of your own past self follows you about each level. It goes about taking all the same corridors and pressing all the same buttons you once did. If it catches up to you, you’re dead. I think we can all sympathise with the experience of being constantly sabotaged by our past selves. So be glad to know it’s out on early access now, for which a creepy trailer has been produced.

I like the label given to it by developers Output. “Cyber-horror puzzle adventure”. That’s all the good things in life condensed into one phrase. You are running this strange gauntlet to discover “memory fragments” about who you are – live action videos of your past. Well, I guess it wouldn’t be a videogame without a case of critical amnesia.

There’s plenty of Portal and Antichamber and what-not happening here, but let’s not forget Cursor*10, which made you work with 10 ghost copies of one cursor, 10 visions of some temporal anomaly, in order to click on multiple things at the same time.

Meanwhile, Echoplex is on Steam early access for £6.99/$9.99.

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5 Comments

  1. Snowskeeper says:

    I was about to make a semi-whiny comment about this having been done to death already in the flash game market, blank-slate characters and all, but I don’t think it’s ever been done in 3D before, so there’s that, I guess. It also sounds kind of pretty.

    • April March says:

      There has been way too many games in which you must collaborate with your past selves to achieve a goal (which usually entails spending a lot of time standing still because that’s what will be useful for you in the future), but I can’t think of many games in which your past selves are inimical to you. I suppose Rose & Time and The Best Ammendment would count? Even then they are not perfect matches.

      • Snowskeeper says:

        There’s a series of free 2D platformers that are literally just this but 2D, so far as I can tell. I can’t remember the name; I played it a very long time ago. That inspired a bunch of copycats whose names I also can’t remember.

        That said, websites like Kongregate, which were once sort of bastions of flash-y creativity and so forth, have been taken over by GameStop awful cash-grab F2Ps and idle games (which I suspect are popular for largely the same reason, since all of them feature the option to speed things up by paying real money). So I dunno; maybe the idea is old enough that it’s become fresh again.

      • Haxton Fale says:

        N++ introduces a time-shifted copy of you that will kill you upon touch.

        Then again, there’s very few things in N++ that don’t kill you upon touch.

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        Phasma Felis says:

        The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom did it too, although not ’til the later levels.