Roterra, which has been described as “a relaxing puzzle game set in a world of cubes,” will be available on the App Store come January 31, 2019!
The upcoming indie game takes place “on beautifully designed gravity-defying fairytale environments.” In Roterra, you will need to guide “charming” characters around obstacles by “rotating and sliding cubes – and even flipping the world on its head from time to time.”
Roterra was selected for the 2019 MAGFest Indie Videogame Showcase (MIVS), where it received rave reviews.
The developers at woman-owned mobile studio DIG-IT! Games were inspired by “Orlando Furioso,” a 16th-century epic Italian poem by Ludovico Ariosto, to create the rich storyline, colorful characters, and fairytale world behind Roterra. The constantly shifting environments are supposed to “reflect the many conflicting points-of-view in the poem.”
The game’s female protagonist, Angelica, challenges medieval depictions of women as helpless accessories. Angelica has been described as “determined and brave – but she’s also shrewd enough to know when to fight and when to run.”
Despite her ethereal white dress, Angelica is no damsel in distress. From the beginning of the game, players will be able to sense her determination represented by her confident stride through forests, castles and caves alike. As a character, “Angelica is a force to be reckoned with.”
Here’s the official synopsis:
ONCE UPON A TIME …
Angelica, the rightful Queen of Roterra, has lost her kingdom to her older brother, Orlando – who has become addicted to the magical powers bestowed to those who wear the crown. She now finds herself deep in the forest, alone … doing everything within her reach to return home! With traitorous knights hot on her heels, Angelica must face challenging puzzles and other hazards to make a safe return and reclaim her kingdom – one puzzle at a time.
The gameplay has been kept simple. Players are tasked with guiding Angelica through dense forests, dark caves, and giant castles by rotating and sliding cubes around the map. The gameplay is about thoughtful decisions instead of quick reflexes.
The world itself can be flipped upside down. Furthermore, the player may alternate between characters which include a Yellow Knight and a Wizard to help solve puzzles as a team. If players succeed, “they’ll eventually learn firsthand that sometimes the journey matters far more than the destination – and that stereotypes about wizards and magical creatures are not to be trusted.”
The Key Features include:
- Navigating a shifting world that you can spin, rotate, even flip upside down!
- Solving more than 80 challenging puzzles.
- Beholding stunning fairytale-inspired levels set in a world brimming with dense forests, dark caves, and giant castles.
- Changing your perspective by switching between quirky, colorful characters.
- Uncovering the full story as you progress through the kingdom of Roterra.
Roterra will be available on the App Store Thursday, January 31 for $4.99. This is a premium experience without ads or in-app purchases of any kind. It is available for pre-order.
As for the developer, founded in 2005 by Suzi Keehn and based in Bethesda, Maryland, DIG-IT! Games is “not your typical game studio.” DIG-IT! began as a mission-based company with the goal of “having a positive impact on education.”
With Roterra and its predecessor Silk Road, DIG-IT! has “expanded beyond game-based learning into entertainment – creating a seamless blend of fun and learning.”
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