DescriptionPendulous is a 2D, pendulum-motion platformer, set in a steam-driven clockwork world. The player controls a displaced gear, swinging from anchor to anchor, trying to reach the end of each level. Along the way the gear has to use sliding pipes, steam jets, and zero gravity fields to avoid deadly plasma balls, electrical arcs, and the red mist below.
New concepts are introduced slowly, with early levels focusing on a single element: a level with just steam jets, a level with just moving pipes, etc. Later levels combine elements to create complex challenges, like hitting an anchor switch to activate a steam jet through a timed field of electrical arcs. There's a tutorial level to teach the basic controls and physics of the game and also a bonus level where the player can move about freely without fear of being destroyed. The best time for each level is recorded and a medal—bronze, silver, or gold—is awarded if players beat certain times.
After the player completes the basic levels, a hard mode is unlocked that disables mid-level checkpoints and reverses the playfields, so that a level once traversed by moving right-to-left is now traversed left-to-right.
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