Concursion is, put simply, the act of coming together. In other words, it is when multiple things blend into one. So, fittingly, Concursion is a game about multiple game genres leaking into one another, and about a fascinating interplay between these genres. The basic premise is a fairly tired one; the princess has been captured again, and now you’re the only one that can save her from Darklord Biganbad.
Despite this, the actual hook of the game is fascinating; somehow, Biganbad has caused rifts in reality, which in this case means different games leaking into the main character’s world. Functionally, what it means is that there are slices and holes that lead briefly into other genres. For example, one of the common ones is giving the character a space helmet and letting them soar through low gravity. This is often used in bursts, like many of the different “games” in Concursion, to solve puzzles. The low gravity universe might only be a tiny hole in the level, and instead of having a platform to leap off of, you would jump into the other game, accelerate in the low gravity, and launch yourself back into your universe still carrying that momentum. And that’s just one of the games. I’ve seen at least four more, and each one is woven into the overarching game.
As a fun event, the creators of Concursion are going to be streaming their game in a head-to-head speedrun competition this Thursday, July 10th, at 5:00 PM PDT. Choose which member of Puuba you think will win, and at the end of the race, if you backed the right horse, you could win a copy of Concursion! Even if you don’t though, games from various other developers will also be raffled off upon completion of each of Concursion’s seven acts. Assuming I am counting correctly, that’s eight chances to win a video game for the low price of watching someone else play a video game! Everyone wins!