The strangely alluring realm of echoshift
The great mark of echoshift's distinguished presentation is its appealing simplicity. Rather than trying to overwhelm your senses and distract you from the puzzling tasks at hand, the game gets you to focus with a subtle and well chosen colour scheme and soothing orchestral style music that puts your mind in a conundrum solving mood.
Everything is laid out to introduce you to the brain-teasing world of echoshift with ease, making it a pleasure to navigate the menus as it is to guide the Walker around the fiendish levels. There's also an excellent visual tutorial which introduces you to the concepts of the game, meaning anyone can understand the basics of echoshift within minutes.
It's the perfect pick up and play puzzler for PSP.
Refreshing and rewarding repeats
echoshift is all about time - and your control over it. Offering a fresh twist on the puzzle genre, the Walker must traverse through a multifaceted level to reach an exit. You only have a short amount of time to reach this door, which initially makes it seem like this is an impossible undertaking.
However, the magic of echoshift is that all your attempts through the level are recorded, which in turn creates a physical copy of your movements, called an echo. When you fail to reach the exit the first time, the action rewinds and you start the level again alongside this echo, which repeats all the actions you performed before. So if you pressed a switch to operate a bridge in your first attempt, that will still happen in the exact same way when you replay the level, leaving you to control the Walker and do other things to get to the exit.
This intelligent system means you co-operate with your echoes to overcome obstacles that you couldn't the first few times and reach your goal. You can quickly devise strategies using these multiple echoes to flip switches, get past giant cubes, negotiate floating platforms, avoid spiky shapes and defeat other tricks and traps.
With three different game modes, eight themed worlds and 56 levels - as well as more to download from PlayStation Store - echoshift has plenty of longevity to match its innovative gameplay. And if puzzling games aren't your usual style, its friendly and intuitive style makes getting started very easy, and a superb hint system is on hand to make sure you don't end up tearing your hair out. Addictive, satisfying and fun, echoshift is sure to keep you coming back for more.