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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 Tilting the device has been replaced by rotating the image on the screen with a key.


Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows An invitation to a dialogue
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows The Archetype thinks...
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows We've only 1 health point left
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP iPad Zooming out for a better view of the environment

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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Other Album advertising.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Wallpaper An illustration depicting a horned warrior holding a sharpened blade in the style of Robert E. Howard's famed Cimmerian. This warrior is standing beside The Archetype, the smooth-talking cigar-smoking researcher who greets & guides participants through the psychosocial experiment known as Superbrothers:Sword & Sworcery EP. This artwork was put together to mark S:S&S EP's 'sharper & smoother' iOS 5 update in October 2011, and the artwork is available here for folks to use as an iPad or iPhone wallpaper if they so choose.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Screenshot
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Other Ipad platform announcement.

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Slide to Play iPad Mar 23, 2011 4 out of 4 100
Thunderbolt Games iPhone Jul 02, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Destructoid iPad Mar 28, 2011 10 out of 10 100
GameSpot Windows Apr 23, 2012 9 out of 10 90
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 Android Jan 16, 2013 88 out of 100 88
XGN Windows May 16, 2012 8.8 out of 10 88
Indie Game Magazine Windows Apr 18, 2012 84 out of 100 84
Adventure Gamers Windows Jun 12, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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