We are the team at Cafundo Studio and today we are going to tell you about it Tetragon Puzzle game. We have succeeded in combining a fascinating and touching story with a seemingly classic Rubik’s cube puzzle game. The mechanics of the game are that we are allowed to turn the world to the left and right and move the tiles so that our protagonist can get from point A to point B.
It sounds simple, but thanks to the elaborate design of the levels, we not only created a beautiful environment, but also clever logical traps. Every now and then the player comes across panels, ledges, levers and panels that allow them to take actions that are not necessary to create the optimal route.
What usually happens in puzzle games? You see the goal and have an action plan in mind within the first two or three minutes. In addition, if you act on a similar scheme in the initial stages, the likelihood of making a mistake is minimal. From the middle of the pass you need to rotate the measurements back and forth to find the right solution.
And some attempts will be fatal for you. Carelessness can result in the character falling from a great height, getting stuck far from the panels with no option to flip the map, falling on a burning platform or sharp spikes … we did our best to make it the Player thinks his actions a few moves ahead.
And we as developers were faced with a global challenge: not to make the process of thinking through the moves boring. To do this, we have turned to three main pillars: the visual component, the music and the story.
In terms of graphics, we had to spin each level hundreds of times and keep refining it to make it look interesting from all angles. It’s a bit like drawing a portrait. After drawing the profile and mirroring, all imperfections are immediately visible. Here the eye is not straight, here the nose is crooked … so it is also with the levels in Tetragon. Hundreds of hours have been spent so that when looking at the world from every angle, no cavities appear in front of the eyes of the player and so that upside-down plants and pictures do not look silly.
Our goal was to make the upside-down world look beautiful and interesting.
And so that it wasn’t static and too flat (as strange as it may sound for the flat world of Tetragon), we filled it with various events. In the castle, for example, we meet a charming thief who occasionally watches us from the pictures and gets out of his armor in search of something to eat.
Such micro-events have another purpose – to distract the player. So that at the crucial moment in thinking through the plan you have the thought in your head: “Ha! What a cute character, what is he doing? ”And that’s it! Your brilliant plan to pass the level has failed.
Of course we’re not that bad so the main goal is to entertain the player and make the world more alive.
We also had to sweat over the music component. The main problem with background music that both the developer and gamer may encounter is annoyance. You should never get into a situation where the music is distracting, let alone annoying. We tried to make all the songs comfortable and melodic so that they sound somewhere in the subcortex of the brain but at the same time create the right atmosphere of mystery and, in some places, danger.
And the music was so successful and pleasant that it can also be used for relaxation outside of the game. At some point the guys from the team noticed that it was even pleasant to read!
After all, one of the most important components is the plot.
The story of our hero Lucius begins with the disappearance of his son. The woodcutter goes in search of him in a mysterious portal and finds himself in the dimension of Tetragon. It seems like we can end there and give the player a backstory and overall goal. But that would have been boring! After all, we have a whole new world ahead of us! So we decided to reveal the story as much as possible and give the player some interesting twists in the plot … but without spoilers.
As the game progresses, we will meet different characters, such as the aforementioned thief. From them we will know the story of Tetragon and at some point we will realize what really happened here.
Without going into too much detail Tetragon is the sacred crystal at the center of this world. From him the dimensional layers received the energy that made everything around them bloom. But the world cannot last forever, these are the laws of the genre. At some point a mysterious energy appears that breathes life into a dark being. The sole purpose of this entity is to destroy the crystal and wreak havoc in the world.
Tetragon, again, also possesses an essence that understood that it would be difficult to deal with the enemy. She succeeded in sharpening the darkness at the expense of the crystal itself, parts of which were scattered in the corners of this complex world.
Lucius the Forester is in a flat dimension shortly after the crystal is destroyed. Now he has to find his son, find out what really happened and try to restore this world. Will he succeed? It’s up to the player …
We tried to combine all of these pillars so that they feel like one. The world itself and the events in it are reflected in the environment. For example, each successive level of the dimensional pear is visible against the background of the current location, creating a feeling of diving into the middle. Perhaps this has influenced the fact that guests spend a lot more time in during the game shows at various exhibitions Tetragon than in the neighboring games. Breaking out of the combination of simple puzzles and the colorful fairytale style is really difficult.
The game is already available, so we look forward to your first reviews!
Buka entertainment company
Welcome to Tetragon – a huge mysterious universe with unique game mechanics, puzzles, magical labyrinths and challenges! It’s a real challenge for those who like The Room, The Witness, and The Talos Principle style games. Your goal is to move planes with a rotating world gravity. With the power of TetraGen you move the ground and the towers to guide the brave lumberjack Lucios through the scattered worlds and find his prodigal son! About Tetragon: Somewhere in the parallel universe there is a world made up of plane realities. These planes hover around the sacred jewel – TetraGen. Since the beginning of time it has been a prosperous world with no room for evil … until out of nowhere a mysterious dark energy began to grow in Tetragon. After a while, it had spawned the most bizarre creature that intended to destroy the TetraGen and wreak havoc on the world of Tetragon! Eventually this creature reached its destination and the TetraGen jewel was shattered into its component parts. Only by using all his powers did the will of Tetragon manage to imprison the dark creature, but it was too late. Now a brave man has to fix this broken world by retrieving the parts from TetraGen … It is now up to you to solve the puzzles and piece by piece to achieve the ultimate goal of your journey. With the power of TetraGen, you can change the position of the planes and towers, create the platforms and stairs, and even rotate the world on its axis!