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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is presented as a vinyl disc with different tracks that act as episodes. It is set in the Caucasus Mountains and stars The Scythian, a female character that embarks on a quest. A side-scrolling platformer in appearance, it is much closer to an adventure game with nods to the likes of Zelda. It is largely focused on exploration, has environment puzzles that are mandatory to progress, and includes classic combat sequences. There is also a focus on sound and music, and it has a distinct retro 8-bit art style.

During her quest The Scythian meets many characters, such as Girl and Logfella. There is also The Archetype, an omniscient character that appears to narrate the story (first-person, "we") and calls her quest a session of trials. He appears in between episodes as an interlude and often urges the player to take a rest.

On mobile devices the entire game is navigated through touch-based controls. Moving around is done by tapping or by holding down a finger and moving along a path. Actions are performed by tapping twice and pinching is used to zoom. During fights tapping an attack or a shield icon is required. Rotating the device 90 degrees is needed to take out the sword, initiate fights and also to open the Megatome when the book has been discovered. The latter often acts as a hint system. During her quest The Scythian gradually learns new abilities that allow her to manipulate objects in the environment. It is possible to die during fights and progress is saved automatically. On the PC the touch-based input has been reworked with point-and-click mouse control. Tilting the device has been replaced by rotating the image on the screen with a key.

Screenshots

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows You can tweet everything that happens to you from an in-game menu
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows Gosh!
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows Inside a dark cave
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP iPad A mountain with the shape of a large head

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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art <i>"If I could travel to the Caucus Mountains and find the spot, my tears would pour out on the meadow where her ashes were scattered."</i>
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art <i>"But I meander still. To get closer to my point, if such a point exists, let me speak of The Scythian."</i>
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Screenshot
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art <i>"As it stands, I have been overwhelmed with grief since the end of the game–unexpectedly so, since, after all, it was Just A Game. "</i>

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GameZebo Windows Mar 30, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Destructoid iPad Mar 28, 2011 10 out of 10 100
4Players.de iPad Mar 28, 2011 91 out of 100 91
4Players.de Windows Apr 20, 2012 91 out of 100 91
148apps iPad Apr 01, 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Windows Apr 24, 2012 9 out of 10 90
XGN Windows May 16, 2012 8.8 out of 10 88
4Players.de Android Jan 16, 2013 88 out of 100 88
Indie Game Magazine Windows Apr 18, 2012 84 out of 100 84
Absolute Games (AG.ru) iPhone Feb 10, 2012 83 out of 100 83

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