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 Tilting the device has been replaced by rotating the image on the screen with a key.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 iPad Main menu
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP iPad You awaken the Spectre, your nemesis.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP iPad This beast will not let you pass without a fight.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP iPad Fighting sequence. Use the two icons at the bottom to defend yourself or strike.

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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art <i>"Perhaps I should praise the writers for actually breaking the law of protagonic immortality."</i>
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 <i>"I wanted to help her, to accompany her on her woeful errand. In the end, I think I truly wanted to be Cosmic Friends Forever."</i>
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.

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Thunderbolt Games Jul 02, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Slide to Play Mar 23, 2011 4 out of 4 100
Touch Arcade Mar 23, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Destructoid Mar 28, 2011 10 out of 10 100 Mar 28, 2011 91 out of 100 91
148apps Apr 01, 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Games ( Feb 10, 2012 83 out of 100 83 Apr 13, 2011 15 out of 20 75 (UK) Mar 24, 2011 7 out of 10 70


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