Last year players were introduced to the unique puzzle game “Echochrome” which had them navigate various M.C. Escher style puzzles by changing the angle at which the puzzle is viewed. Echochrome was well received by many who found its brain busting puzzles and unique presentation to be a welcomed addition to the puzzle genre and the PlayStation Network. The series is now continuing with a sequel of sorts in the upcoming Echochrono for the PlayStation Portable.
Echochrono retains the key formula of what made Echochrome unique but slightly changing things up a bit. Instead of the stark white environments of its predecessor Echochrono brings color into the world with different colors being a key aspect in how you go about solving the puzzles. The other key difference in the game is that the puzzles are no longer massive 3D labyrinths and instead are now on a 2D sidescrolling plane.
The puzzles themselves have gotten an overhaul as some of the new puzzle types include floors that crumble, moving platforms and switch controlled doors, which makes me have flashbacks to PQ: Practical Intelligence Quotient which was another unique puzzle game for the PSP.
Obviously these puzzles will be quite challenging to complete and in some cases they’re flat out impossible to finish by yourself which is where the new “Self Co-Op” gameplay comes into play. This mechanic allows the player to interact with their past actions in order to complete a puzzle. To get a better grasp of this interesting concept just keep an eye out in the video where you see several ghostly characters moving around performing various actions.
I was a massive fan of Echochrome and Echochrono looks to once again provide unique puzzles with a nice presentation that despite its simplicity never gets old or boring. It’s also nice to see the series grow with the slightly more advanced puzzles and presentation and the flashlight level towards the end of the trailer definitely looks like it’ll be one of the highlights of the game. I’m also happy to see that Echochrono is following in the steps of the first game by having a smooth soundtrack that will certainly keep you calm during some of the more intense and frustrating puzzles moments. The only slight downside of Echochrono is that it’s currently slated for the PSP and not the PlayStation Network which is kind of disappointing but hey, it’s better to have any type of Echo as opposed to none.