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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 Tilting the device has been replaced by rotating the image on the screen with a key.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 iPad Sitting down by the fire to rest
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows Beautiful
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows Sound check
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP iPad A light appears in the sky and a new entrance opens up.

Promo Images

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Screenshot
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art A painting created as the winter solstice loomed in the year 2011 (the year in which S:S&S EP was made available), built upon an S:S&S EP sketch generated in pre-production, published as S:S&S EP was going on sale.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art Announcement: Fan artwork site.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Other Created to express the S:S&S EP team's naked enthusiasm for GDC 2010.

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Touch Arcade iPad Mar 23, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Thunderbolt Games iPad Jul 02, 2011 10 out of 10 100
GameZebo Windows Mar 30, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Games.cz Windows Apr 26, 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
4Players.de Android Jan 16, 2013 88 out of 100 88
Absolute Games (AG.ru) iPhone Feb 10, 2012 83 out of 100 83
Absolute Games (AG.ru) iPad Feb 10, 2012 83 out of 100 83
Eurogamer.net (UK) iPad Mar 24, 2011 7 out of 10 70

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