Preview: Triversal, A Relaxing Puzzle Adventure

Let’s face it, sometimes you just want to get home and play a relaxing game. Triversal, a laid-back puzzle game from independent developer Phantom Compass, promises exactly that.

The game’s concept is simple. Each level requires you to guide a glowing orb into a black hole. To do so, you’ll need to attach the orb to various tethers which will, in turn, pull the orb towards them. The trick is that you’ll need to find the correct sequence of tethers amid several of them.

Along the way, you’ll also be able to collect coins. If you get stuck, you can use the coins you collect to purchase hints, simplify the puzzle or, in harder levels, purchase armour to protect yourself from damaging obstacles.

Triversal begins gently. With my hands-on time in the game, it carefully guides you through the basics. You’ll gradually grow more confident as each level progresses. However, that isn’t to say that the game doesn’t pose a challenge. Things can get quite challenging as you progress.

Play How You Want To Play

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Whether you’re looking for an intense challenge or simply a quick couple of levels to relax for a few minutes, Triversal has you covered.

There are several modes in the game and these allow you to choose the kind of experience you want. Puzzle packs set you on a path of gradually more difficult puzzles ranging from beginner skill up to mastery. Daily puzzles are refreshed every day and require you to progress through ten levels. If you’re looking for a challenge, you can jump into endurance mode, where every move costs a coin. Run out of coins and it’s game over.

For the ultimate relaxing experience, hop into sandbox mode to customize your difficulty and enjoy everything Triversal has to offer in a consequence-free environment.

Moreover, you can opt to play with keyboard and mouse, but Triversal also boasts full controller support. Are you more of a hands-on type? Then you’ll be happy to know that the game also supports touch controls on applicable devices. It’s also compatible with remote play on your phone, tablet, or television.

Sights and Sounds

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Triversal‘s graphical style and soundtrack work in tandem to compliment its laid-back gameplay. Visually, the game has a neon aesthetic to it, complete with vibrant hues of blue, purple, and yellow. However, you can customize the game’s look using a variety of presets.

As you play, you’ll get to enjoy a minimalist soundscape. Triversal‘s music and sound effects don’t take the center stage. Rather, they work together in the background to create a soothing atmosphere and to help players feel rewarded upon successful completion of a level.

Triversal in Short

Whether you want a punishingly difficult experience or simply a relaxing game to kick back and enjoy, Triversal seems set to please all fans of the puzzle genre. It’s the kind of game that you can easily sink a few hours into without noticing the time go by.

Triversal will launch on PC via Steam on July 13. If you’re looking for a puzzle game to put some time into, go ahead and wishlist it now.

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