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Magrunner: Dark Pulse Out Today on PS3

Olga Ryzhko's Avatar + Posted by Olga Ryzhko on Oct 22, 2013 // Frogwares

Hey PlayStation.Blog. Magrunner: Dark Pulse is out today on PS3! At Frogwares, we consider ourselves to be quite experienced in puzzles and riddles; mainly due to 13 years of experience making Sherlock Holmes games. Some of you may have even played our latest one, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes on PS3.

However, we wanted to work on something that would expand on the games and puzzles we normally offer. We wanted to go further and explore some really dynamic puzzles, which is not really possible with the Sherlock Holmes games. Sherlock is quite the gentleman — he doesn’t even run! And this is where Magrunner, a first-person puzzler, comes in.

Magrunner is based on reasoning, logic, and thinking. You’ll be shooting things — you won’t be gunning down nameless hordes of enemies, soldiers or zombies, but this is where the action part of the game pops in. This is our attempt to find the delicate balance between fun and challenge, between thinking and reacting.

Magrunner: Dark Pulse is an action-driven puzzle game that combines cosmic horror with a near-future cyberpunk world on the edge of destruction. I don’t really intend to elaborate on the story, which is actually a very strong element of the game; it was quickly mentioned in my previous post and it is also explained on the Magrunner site, so you may want to check them out for more details. I will only mention the Space exploration program arranged by the Gruckezber mega-corporation, the one that’s behind LifeNet, a huge social network that’s available everywhere in the world, and has become your life assistant.

Magrunner: Dark Pulse on PS3

Magrunner: Dark Pulse on PS3

You play as the young, smart, and talented Dax Ward. You’re also brave, but maybe a bit reckless. Using a Mag Glove that you built yourself, you can influence or magnetically charge some objects with different polarities in order to interact with them one way or another. Your goal is to navigate through almost 40 levels using these magnetic properties.

With Magrunner, we always start with very simple and basic mechanics and introduce the more complicated ones as you advance. This way you get a feel for the key elements throughout the game as you move on to the more sophisticated levels. Once we introduce the basic principles and elements of the game, we mix them up for some very dynamic puzzles.

You’re going to use some platforms, both vertical and horizontal, you’ll play with a number of cubes of varying sizes, and we can also influence scalable energy based on simple kinetics, etc. With all of this, we move towards speed, dynamism, stacking different elements, action in motion, etc. We expand the game mechanics in various directions and make many different kinds of puzzles.

Magrunner: Dark Pulse on PS3Magrunner: Dark Pulse on PS3

At some point, you discover that there’s a much darker purpose behind the above-mentioned space exploration program. What started as a friendly competition turns into a terrifying survival challenge with horrific beings from another dimension tearing through the fabric of space and time… I’ll save the rest for you to enjoy!

The interesting thing in Magrunner comes from the main challenge of play: realizing what you have to do at the exact moment you need to do it. We tried to focus on the complexity of puzzle solving rather than the time you need to finish the level. Please let us now if we succeeded.

Magrunner: Dark Pulse is out today on PS3 for $9.99, and I really hope you enjoy it.

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+ poodude on October 22nd, 2013 at 9:32 am said:

Looking forward to playing it! Can you confirm if the game will have a platinum trophy?


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    + Olga Ryzhko on October 23rd, 2013 at 12:21 am said:

    Thanks!
    25 trophies to achieve with Platinum one for unlocking all other trophies. I assume you will fight for it, won’t you?


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+ TimMalouff on October 22nd, 2013 at 9:37 am said:

On the spend $50 get $10 back through the 29th.
Looks like I am not alone on the understanding of “through”

Do purchases made on the 29th count, can we buy things released on the 29th?
What time and timezone does the sale end?


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+ ManicJest on October 22nd, 2013 at 9:51 am said:

This loooks goood!


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+ Gorvi on October 22nd, 2013 at 10:41 am said:

I’m pretty eager to try the demo tonight, this looks like it’s right up my alley.


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+ KazeEternal on October 22nd, 2013 at 11:03 am said:

@2 Yes the 29th is the last day to make purchases. If you buy anything on the 30th it will not count.


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+ clarkes1990 on October 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 am said:

@#1 Yes there is a platinum trophy :)

25 trophies:
2 Bronze
16 Silver
6 Gold
1 Platinum


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+ punkmusic2009 on October 22nd, 2013 at 11:28 am said:

every disc game that comes out has platuim


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+ swan-ton-bom on October 22nd, 2013 at 3:22 pm said:

Yes this game does look very interesting, and only at $10, that’s a steal in my book.


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+ plaztiksyke on October 22nd, 2013 at 9:06 pm said:

Liked Testament of Sherlock Holmes story-wise, but was disappointed by the lack of follow-up patches to fix the framerate and lip sync issues. (On another note, please record at least *some* of the actors together next time like the Broken Sword games did. Dialogue is flat and lifeless, no thanks to the low quality audio assets.)

This game looks really cool, and the price point is awesome. However, because other titles weren’t well-supported post-ship, I’ll be waiting to see reviews on this one. If I thought it would get post-ship patches to fix any issues complained about by players, I would insta-buy.

PS: Any chance an “HD” version of Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper will come to PS3/PS4/Vita?


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