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Magrunner: Dark Pulse on PS3 is a Lovecraftian Cyberpunk Puzzler

Olga Ryzhko's Avatar + Posted by Olga Ryzhko on Oct 17, 2013 // Frogwares

Magrunner: Dark Pulse is a first-person action puzzle game set in a cyberpunk reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.

The year is now 2048. A handful of young and brilliant citizens have been chosen by Gruckezber Corporation to join the Magtech training program for space exploration. Equipped with a special glove using Gruckezber’s technology, the candidates must solve their way through a huge maze of challenge rooms by magnetically charging objects that attract or repel each other. But when an earthquake disrupts the training program, what seemed to be the chance of a lifetime for the candidates becomes a descent into folly and cosmic horror.

Magrunner’s game mechanics focus on magnetic polarity and manipulating it to solve environmental puzzles. There’s immense potential for experimentation, especially given the world’s variety of triggers, effects, machines, and objects.

You play as Dax Ward, who has been selected to participate in the Magtech training program. Using your Magtech glove, you can power other Magtech objects with different, colored charges. Objects charged with the same color attract each other, while objects charged with different colors repel each other.

Your goal is to navigate through each level using your brain and your Magtech glove. After an introduction to the basic game principles and elements, you’ll face dynamic puzzles involving cubes, platforms, catapults, transformers, and more. Sophisticated physics puzzles require influencing scalable energy and minding the simple laws of kinetics. The basic magnetism mechanics expand to include many different mechanisms — some familiar, and some entirely unexpected.

Magrunner on PS3

Magrunner on PS3Magrunner on PS3

Magrunner starts at the Gruckezber Magtech Training facility, which was built specifically for the deep space exploration program. You are introduced to the protagonist and main characters: Gamaji, one of the first true mutants to appear in human society; Kram, who forged Gruckezber into the mega corporate powerhouse that it is today; Xander, who always wanted to “save the planet” and Cassandra, a dedicated reporter with a lust for “a great story.” The initial levels display the sleek, clean high-tech nature of the training facility. A minor power fluctuation causes some concern as the lights flicker, but when you come across a dead body, it’s clear just how bad things have gone.

As the worlds of man and the mythos move closer, the game’s atmosphere becomes broken down and eerie. Over the course of the next 20 levels, the facility turns into a death trap meant to undo the sealing of The Gate and allow Cthulhu to reclaim the world. Do not falter, for your very life is at stake, and the fate of mankind is in your hands…

Magrunner: Dark Pulse will be available for download on PlayStation 3 on October 22nd for $9.99 — we can’t wait to hear what you guys think about the game!

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+ liammill18 on October 17th, 2013 at 6:07 am said:

Looks excellent! Definitely picking this up. Any word on a Vita version? That’d be even more desirable.


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+ ths677 on October 17th, 2013 at 6:09 am said:

Price PS4 USA $400,00 – Price PS4 In Brazil $1846,69

In amazon.com, with taxes included, is at less than half the price.

Nice Sony.


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+ letherclad on October 17th, 2013 at 6:26 am said:

You got my attention with “Lovecraftian” will definitely check this out


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+ wally_mammoth on October 17th, 2013 at 7:04 am said:

I for one welcome our new overlord Cthulhu. May the nightmares of a thousand tentacles be upon you!


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+ klassymike on October 17th, 2013 at 7:24 am said:

The game looks great! Will be checking this one out!


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+ bball230 on October 17th, 2013 at 7:28 am said:

Absolutely…but id only want on vita please.


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+ paulogy on October 17th, 2013 at 8:09 am said:

This looks quite cool. Any word on Move support?


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+ Chanerooo on October 17th, 2013 at 8:12 am said:

Ph´nglui mglw´nafh Cthulhu R´lyeh wgah´nagl fhtagn


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+ poodude on October 17th, 2013 at 8:47 am said:

This. Looks. AWESOME. Trailer totally sold me on the game. Just curious, will horror elements be prominent throughout the game? The trailer hinted at it and the post mentions “cosmic horror;” so I’m hoping it’ll be just a little spooky :).


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    + Olga Ryzhko on October 18th, 2013 at 6:53 am said:

    Thanks!
    Magrunner is not really a horror game but it turns into spooky and pretty challenging at some point when you have to fight to survive. Hope you like it.


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+ DecadanceFantasy on October 17th, 2013 at 11:07 am said:

Hmm this game looks pretty good. Sort of like portal with some fun mechanics and a lovecraft world.
I might buy this along with the Vita protection plan. Though I can’t find my best buy receipt, so I wonder if I do have trouble will I actually be able to turn the Vita in?


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+ loveinspace on October 17th, 2013 at 11:53 am said:

@6 – I agree, only interested in new Vita games at this point, especially this kinda game.


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+ Elvick_ on October 17th, 2013 at 3:25 pm said:

This looks awesome!


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+ plaztiksyke on October 17th, 2013 at 4:09 pm said:

Any Move support? Looks like a perfect fit for the Move (or DS4 touch) :)


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    + Olga Ryzhko on October 18th, 2013 at 7:01 am said:

    No, sorry


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+ Lord_Orpheo on October 17th, 2013 at 4:14 pm said:

Looks like a mix of “Lost Planet” & “Portal,” could be good.


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+ tusunami on October 17th, 2013 at 6:38 pm said:

This for sure has a portal influence but it also seems to have a twist to it with the gameplay. I might be inclined to get this but a demo would help. PS4 day 1 shipping I’m out


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+ Gorvi on October 18th, 2013 at 8:30 am said:

Wow, that looks great. Reminds me a bit of Q.U.B.E. on the PC. Only $10? I’m in. :)


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+ Welmosca on October 18th, 2013 at 11:17 am said:

Wow is this really a PSN game?…the graphics look stunning…..plus only $10.00 ?…well count me in…although I think this would’ve been much better if it were in 3rd person….this looks promising.Any chance of a demo?


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    + Olga Ryzhko on October 21st, 2013 at 1:29 am said:

    Thanks!
    When released Magrunner will include the first 5 levels for you to try before unlocking the full game.


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+ Welmosca on October 21st, 2013 at 10:38 am said:

Thanks for the response Olga.


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