Day 67: Halfbrick Echoes

Posted: 2011/01/15 in Indie Games
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I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and no longer appear in the top 50 downloads. Today is day #67, and today’s game is “Halfbrick Echoes”.

From the developer:

“Race to collect crystals while dodging the Echoes shadowing your footsteps in this innovative, seat-of-your-pants arcade game. Try the blend of action and strategy in Arcade Mode, the tense maneuvering of Clockwork Mode, the frenetic pace of Survival Mode or challenge a friend to an intense Duel Match. With dozens of surreal levels across seven unique gameplay modes, theres plenty for everyone.”

In Halfbrick Echoes, you have to move around the playfield collecting crystals. Simple enough right? Well, you have to avoid your “echoes” (think a ghost car in a racing game that’s mimicking your moves from a previous lap). Each gem you pick up triggers another echo, leading to a growing number of them as you play each level… and contact with an echo means instant death.

This turns the game into an avoid-’em-up, except your avoiding yourself. It’s like Braid in reverse: your doppelgangers aren’t there to help you, they’re your worst nightmare. Or like Pac Man if the ghosts were your evil twins. The game is fresh and interesting, and an easy 80 point purchase for fans of Pac Man, Braid, or puzzle games in general. Perhaps the greatest innovation of Echoes is that every time you play, it will play out quite differently (as the slightest difference in your movements will create a ripple effect that will fundamentally change how the level plays out). All in all, an extremely worthwhile purchase.

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