Hello, everyone! Today I’m here to tell you about our newest game Poncho — a fascinating new platformer that launches today on PS4.
Poncho is a game that we at Rising Star Games saw and instantly fell in love with. After seeing Poncho’s grin-inducing aesthetic and giddy mix of genres we knew it was something we had to snap up!
Made by the talented three-man team at Delve Interactive, Poncho is an open-world, parallax platformer with some seriously grand ambitions. Now I know what you’re thinking — what the heck is a parallax platformer? Good question, attentive PS Blog reader! What we call parallax platforming is the result of Poncho’s unique ability to manipulate depth, allowing him to hop between the background, midground, and foreground of the game at will.
This interesting gameplay mechanic demands that the player possesses a knack for platforming precision as well as some puzzle solving smarts, resulting in a mechanic that is easy to understand but difficult to master. It turns out though, that Delve Interactive weren’t content with implementing just one awesome mechanic (I told you they were ambitious), so they also decided to build a completely open world for players to explore!
The guys at Delve Interactive understand that as well as brilliant visuals and gameplay, the world its characters inhabit has to feel alive. Poncho achieves this by allowing players to interact with every little creature they see, with every area in the game containing randomly generated ecosystems of mysterious beings and robots that react to every movement Poncho makes.
Unsurprisingly, Delve Interactive also weaved a wonderful story into the world of Poncho. The premise behind Poncho starts with a robot, which you find waking with no memory in a strange, and desolate world, with nothing on his person but a strange and ancient artifact from a bygone era — a red poncho. The little red Poncho quickly becomes the robot’s namesake and our hero goes on a journey to discover what tragedy has befallen the world around him.
The soundtrack is also a huge part of what makes Poncho such a fun and immersive gaming experience. An amazing chiptune score composed by co-designer Jack Odell brings even more life and personality to the detailed pixel-drawn world.
As you can tell, the whole Rising Star Games team are very excited about the game’s release today — and we hope that you enjoy the game as much as we do.
Thank you very much for reading about Poncho… now go and play it!