Excerpt: Echochrome is the very definition of "minimalistic" when it comes to presentation. Really, outside of Line Rider or one of those Flash games with stick figures, I can't think of many current games that feature as little in the way of visuals as Echochrome . Both the character and levels are composed of simple black lines set against a white background.
Excerpt: In a world where imagination is everything, you're sure to meet with all manner of things you haven't encountered before. Read on for a newcomer's guide to the most important features of the marvellous, mind-stretching echochrome landscape. In echochrome, you guide The Walker - the crash test dummy type - around the Escher-like puzzles and mazes. The Walker is on an endless quest to gather all the Echoes he can.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Occasionally, (and I use the word lightly) there comes a game that makes me stop and think “Who in the world came up with the idea for this game?” Now I don’t mean this in a bad way at all – there are some games that are so unique or just so addictive, that you just can’t help but thank the genius that came up with the idea for it.
Summary: echochrome is a puzzle game featuring 56 PSP exclusive levels, designed specifically to match that platform's characteristics. Gamers are challenged to play within five simple laws of perspective that govern how one advances through each stage.
Conclusion: Echochrome is a unique experience that's easy to recommend. The PS3 game is superior by virtue of its additional online features and sharper visuals, but no matter which version you choose, you won't be disappointed.
Pros: Charming, minimalist presentation, Appropriately challenging without feeling cheap, Perspective mechanics are innovative and fun, Robust level editor and sharing features.
Cons: Controls aren’t as precise as they need to be, Time restrictions are not very forgiving on harder levels.
Conclusion: While not trying to impress anyone, echochrome has actually become one of the very best titles currently available on the PlayStation Network and it’s mainly thanks to the simple concept, basic graphics and fantastic gameplay. Regardless of which version you decide to pick up, both go for $9.99 on the PlayStation Store, echochrome shouldn’t be missed by anyone.
Excerpt: Have you ever seen the drawings of M.C. Escher? He specialised in drawings which were actually optical illusions. When you first saw them, they looked fine – ‘Oh look – People walking up some stairs in a lovely tower – How quaint’ – Then you suddenly realised – ‘Wait a minute; How can those folks always be walking up, and those other folks always walk down?’ I mean, the drawing looked normal, but looking closer, you realised there were some strange things going on.
Summary: Echochrome is a unique yet high quality game which we haven’t seen the likes of in the puzzle genre for a little while now. It’s great in both short and long doses alike, and while it doesn’t exactly look like an award-winner from screenshots, they’ll definitely be talking about this game for years to come.