Echochrome
Metacritic: 81/100
Release: May 2008
Reviewed on: PS3

Echochrome

Site Score
8.0
Good: Very unique gameplay – Plenty of levels
Bad: PlayStation only
User Score
7.6
(19 votes)
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Echochrome is a PlayStation exclusive title with unique puzzle elements that uses a rotatable world and physics to alter your perception of each level. Launched in Japan in early 2008 and the North American shores a few months later the game is only available on the PlaySation Network, for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

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In Echochrome players will direct a character that is reminiscent of an artist’s wooden mannequin. Players won’t directly control this unique character though as it will move autonomously along the game world. Instead your control is centred around the environment with players able to alter the path taken through manipulation.

Split into over 50 levels players will need to really rack their brain to complete all the levels. In each of there levels your objective is to collect all the shadow characters scattered around the map, once collected the final shadow character will appeal which will signal the end of the level. Levels cannot be lost with any action that results in your mannequin falling off the game world restarting its previous position without consequence (other than lost time).

Mastering these levels will require players to master all 5 laws of the Echochrome game world. These are introduced to the player during the tutorial and as follows:

  1. Perspective travelling: Where two pathways appear to be touching they are touching.
  2. Perspective landing: If a pathway appears above another, it is.
  3. Perspective existence: When a gap is blocked from view and paths appear connected, they are connected.
  4. Perspective absence: When a hole is blocked from view, it does not exist.
  5. Perspective jump: When you jump you will land on whatever appears beneath you.

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While the early levels will only combine a few of these rules later levels will mix all 5 in very different ways that requires quick and abstract thinking. If you’re looking to be tested Echochrome will definitely do that.

Summary:

  • Guide your mannequin through over 50 levels.
  • Master the 5 laws of the game world.
  • Use your unique abstract thinking to quickly conquer levels.
  • Over 1000 user created levels to explore after the main content.
  • PlayStation exclusive title.

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Echochrome, 7.6 out of 10 based on 19 ratings
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