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Description
Release date: Early 2016


The Game
Semispheres is a single-player puzzle game with a stealth theme.

Controls
You get to simultaneously control two characters in connected parallel realities. The game can be played using the keyboard (with dual WASD/arrow keys clusters) or using a controller.

Game modes
The game features a main story mode, and as the player progresses through this story they will be granted abilities such as ping (distract), portals, side swap, teleport, and guard transfer.

There is also a timed mode in which you can attempt to speed-run individual levels or the entire game. While some levels are harder than to complete than others, requiring simultaneous operation of both characters, even the simpler puzzles will require nimble hands if the player wants to achieve a good time.

Duality
The game embodies duality in several different ways.

The title "Semispheres" symbolizes the two complementary sides of the brain.

The two halves of the screen are identical and connected - think of them as overlapping realities. This results in a very interesting feeling when playing the game, with the two sides being mentally mapped to a single playing field.

The dual character control is intuitive yet can still be challenging when having to perform dissimilar movements on both sides.

Music and sound effects have been custom-crafted to embrace the duality of the game, with each side’s respective movements affecting the soundscape in different ways.

Story
Semispheres tells the tale of a friendship between a boy and his robot, and will be presented via a series of comic strips as the player progresses through the game. Levels will be grouped in clusters rather than presented linearly, with progress in the story unlocking access to the next set of levels.

Languages
The game features minimal text so will be translated into as many languages as possible.

The Team
The team behind Semispheres consists of:
  • Radu Muresan - game design, programming, art
  • Siddhartha Barnhoorn (Antichamber, Out There) - audio
  • Alex De-Gruchy - narrative design
  • Lyndsay Wasko - concept art, in-game story illustrations

More details
You can find out more about the game at http://semispher.es.

Public showcases
Semispheres was publicly exhibited at:
  • GDX Edmonton (April 2015)
  • K-Days Edmonton (July 2015)
  • Mini Maker Faire Calgary (Sep 2015)
  • Unite Boston #madewithunity showcase (Sep 2015)
  • Calgary Game Devs showcase at Microsoft store (Jan 2016)
Release date
The game will be released in the first half of 2016 on Windows/Mac/Linux and shortly afterwards on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U (already approved for all three consoles).
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27 Comments
Frosty Walrus Feb 10 @ 11:59pm 
I feel like this would be great for my brain!
tuggy McPhearson Feb 10 @ 10:29pm 
found this via /r/Calgary.
Do us proud in San Fan!!
danthespoon Jan 31 @ 11:59am 
Stealth ftw, puzzles ftw. Therefore, stealth puzzles ftw.
Lili Lob's Jan 29 @ 12:11pm 
I'd totally buy this game. It looks amazing and it must be fun to play.
Yamzho Jan 24 @ 12:46pm 
The game looks very promising !
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JarHead Jan 22 @ 8:29am 
had fun playing this at your live demo in Chinook mall in Calgary!
The video doesn't do the game justice..while most of the stuff shown in the video looks very simple, this one really made me think as I worked my way through the 20 or so demo levels.
soooooo spoooky Jan 22 @ 8:05am 
Cool concept, nice visuals and looks fun. Upvoted and I'm going to keep my eye on this one
Mayor of Titty City Jan 21 @ 9:38pm 
Looks like fun!
gedo0261 Jan 21 @ 6:14pm 
The concept behindn this game is really good, this is a game that would definetly be in my game list.