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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 Tilting the device has been replaced by rotating the image on the screen with a key.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 Main menu. (You can actually play with the vinyl record there)
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP iPad You can sit down with <moby developer="Jim Guthrie">Jim Guthrie</moby>, the composer, and listen to some of his guitar music.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows Beautiful
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows It's a mountain

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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art Left: a sprite of The Scythian from S:S&S EP.<br> Right: a lego sculpture of The Scythian constructed, posed, lit & photographed by Mr. Clay Morrow and his sons Ever & Levi at a research facility in Burbank, California.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art filename: av jam darkmoon no text
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art <i>"...and how I had to finally resign myself to her death at the funeral pyre."</i>
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art <i>"Whether or not this is the case, the Scythian’s fate as a martyr hit me like a blind curve at 80mph. I don’t think I started to wonder if she would indeed die until Dogfella’s Megatome entries explicitly mentioned martyrdom somewhere in the third session."</i>

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Thunderbolt Games iPhone Jul 02, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Thunderbolt Games iPad Jul 02, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Slide to Play iPad Mar 23, 2011 4 out of 4 100 Windows Apr 26, 2012 9 out of 10 90
IGN Windows Apr 24, 2012 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Windows Apr 23, 2012 9 out of 10 90
XGN Windows May 16, 2012 8.8 out of 10 88
Indie Game Magazine Windows Apr 18, 2012 84 out of 100 84
Absolute Games ( iPad Feb 10, 2012 83 out of 100 83
Adventure Gamers Windows Jun 12, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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