Going right makes the world turn to Winter. Going left turns it to Summer. It might not sound like much on paper, but this power will fuel all of the gameplay of QuadraTron Games’ upcoming puzzle platformer, Threshold. Guiding a gnomish wizard back to his home isn’t going to be easy for anyone, so the developers have taken to Kickstarter to find the money they need to finish the project, which has already spent a year being fleshed out. Now that the developers are ready to move forward with the project, they could use some help from interested players to keep it going.
The Summer/Winter shift seems simple, but the developers are working hard to create puzzling environments where players can really cut loose with these, plus many other, powers. Since all it takes is a turn to make a change in the environment, some complicated maneuvers will be possible while subtly shifting back and forth. Not only that, but the developers are promising more powers as the game moves forward, ensuring a constant variety of puzzles. They’re also striving to make multiple solutions available to the players, allowing for creativity in a genre that tends to be pretty rigid, save for exploiting bugs. Most puzzle games offer only a single solution, but QuadraTron wants players to be able to try out an array of powers and use them however they see fit to solve each puzzle.
The game has come a long way since its 2014 Global Game Jam prototype (Which is still available on GameJolt for anyone who’d like to give that a shot), having added in painted artwork that strengthens the game’s visuals. QuadraTron Games is looking to do more than just give Threshold a new coat of paint, though, and with some helpful Kickstarter funds, they believe they’ll be able to do that.