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Black-White is a Monochromatic Puzzle Platforming Dream

In the black and white world of James Covenant’s 2D puzzle platformer Black-White (formerly BlackWhite), color matters. Covenant is a video-editor known for his popular song mash-ups on YouTube, which include the likes of Captain Picard Sings “Let it Snow!”The Avengers Sing Christmas Carols, and Star Wars Call Me Maybe, but has recently turned his attention to video games. Currently in development, Black-White puts players in charge of a miniature block called Happy Dude, whose color can be toggled between black and white. Happy Dude’s color is part of a unique gameplay mechanic which directly affects how you interact with your environment; objects of the same color collide with one another, but objects of opposite colors (black against white) will pass through each other freely. Grey objects will always collide with Happy Dude whether he is in his black or white form.

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There are also blue orbs dispersed around the levels, which must be collected in order to invert Happy Dude’s colors. The game is expected for release on PC, Mac, and Linux, and a Kickstarter campaign was originally planned for 2014. In the meantime, be sure to check out the official Black-White Facebook page and the game’s development blog for updates, and follow James Covenant on Twitter. What are your thoughts on the game? Let us know below in the comments, and stay tuned to IGM for the latest and greatest in indie gaming as we lead up to Christmas.

black-white gameplay



A keen retrogamer who grew up playing classics like Prince of Persia, Aladdin, and Diddy Kong Racing, Katrina believes that digital games are not just fun, but a great way to learn. These days she enjoys studying Japanese language acquisition, and designing her own games.