Developer Monochrome and Publisher Hatinh Interactive have announced Tandem: A Tale of Shadows, a puzzle platformer with a Verne-inspired story and Burton-inspired visuals.
Thomas Kane, son of a famous family of illusionists, has disappeared without a trace. His friend Emma wants to know what’s going on, and decides the only way to find out is to investigate his disappearance on her own. She’s not alone though — her teddy bear Fenton will help her navigate the area and survive. The fact that the stuffed bear is apparently alive is the least strange thing about what’s going on.
To find Thomas, Emma and Fenton must navigate the labyrinthine halls of the Kane manor, from more than one perspective. When you control Emma, you’ll see the mansion from a top-down perspective, but when you control Fenton, the same rooms will appear as a sidescroller. You’ll have to use these differing views to solve the puzzles in each room and advance. It helps that Fenton has the ability to walk on shadows, and Emma has a lantern good for casting them.
- Stunning Art Direction
Discover a playful and frightening universe inspired by Jules Vernes, Conan Doyle, Tim Burton and Victorian era architecture.
- Clever Puzzles
Solve over forty puzzles and obstacles in order to unravel the mystery surrounding Thomas Kane’s disappearance.
- Dual Gameplay
Swap perspectives between Emma and Fenton. Light up the scene and cast shadows as Emma from a top-down view. Walk on shadows projected by Emma’s lantern from Fenton’s side-scroller view.
- Fight with Strategy
Players will face mechanical toy-like enemies and bosses throughout each dimension. Since Emma’s strategy is not to attack, players must rely on their wit to move forward.
- Narrative-Driven Adventure
Players are invited to discover many fun, creative and very elaborate cutscenes. Clever players will find the hidden rooms which will reveal the clues that will teach them more about the disappearance of Thomas Kane.
- Diverse Mechanics
Push or pull objects to create shadows. Use alarms and traps to your advantage. Tandem features a variety of interactive elements for players to experiment with.
Tandem: A Tale Of Shadows will be released on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One and PC later this year.