Magrunner: Dark Pulse channels H. P. Lovecraft on PlayStation 3

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Focus Home Interactive and Frogwares studio are about to unleash the beginning of the end.

Magrunner: Dark Pulse is a first-person action puzzle game set in a cyberpunk reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos!

The year is now 2048. A handful of young and brilliant citizens have been chosen by Gruckezber Corporation to join the Magtech training program for space exploration. Equipped with a special glove using Gruckezber’s technology, the candidates must solve their way through a huge maze of challenge rooms by magnetically charging objects that attract or repel each other. But when an earthquake disrupts the training program what seemed to be the chance of a lifetime for the candidates becomes a descent into folly and cosmic horror.

Magrunner’s game mechanics focus on manipulating magnetic polarity to solve environmental puzzles. There’s immense potential for experimentation with polarities and the game provides a variety of triggers, effects, machines, and objects for your use.

You play as Dax Ward, one of the competitors selected to participate in the Magtech training program. Using your Magtech glove, you can power any other Magtech objects with different coloured charges. Objects charged with the same color attract each other while objects charged with different colors repel each other. This mechanic would prove its justice once you have three or more objects to interact with all attracting to each other.

Your goal is to navigate through each level using your brain and your Magtech glove. After an introduction to the basic game principles and elements, you face dynamic puzzles involving cubes, platforms, catapults, transformers, etc. Sophisticated physics puzzles require influencing scalable energy and minding the simple laws of kinetics. The difficulty builds so that you find yourself using speed, dynamism, the interplay of various forces, actions and reactions, etc. The basic magnetism mechanics expand to include many different mechanisms, some familiar and some entirely unexpected.


Magrunner starts at the Gruckezber Magtech Training facility, which was built specifically for the deep space exploration program. You are introduced to the protagonist and main characters: Gamaji, one of the first true mutants to appear in human society; Kram, who forged Gruckezber into the mega corporate powerhouse that it is today; Xander, who always wanted to “save the planet” and Cassandra, a dedicated reporter with a lust for “a great story”. The initial levels display the sleek, clean high-tech nature of the training facility. A minor power fluctuation causes some concern as the lights flicker but when you find the first dead body, it’s clear just how bad things have gone.

As the worlds of man and the mythos move closer, the atmosphere becomes broken down and eerie. Over the course of the next 20 levels, the facility turns into a death trap meant to undo the sealing of The Gate and allow Cthulhu to reclaim the world. Do not falter, for your very life is at stake and the fate of mankind is in your hands…

Magrunner: Dark Pulse will be available on 23rd October for download on PlayStation 3, priced €9.99/£7.99. We can’t wait to hear what you guys think about the game!


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  • So… was this game “inspired” by any specific game…?

  • I know this isn’t the place but………….. Driveclub on PS4. If there has been no denial, at this stage, of a delay by Sony, we have to assume the loud rumours are true, although I don’t want them to be :(
    Care to clarify in a separate post please :)

  • BTW I thought this game was only coming to PC and was a full priced retail game. :O
    Looks amazing at that attractive price.

  • Hi Olga, this game looks great! There`s any Vita version planned in the near future?

  • Well I liked Porta…. (probably shouldn’t mention that) so no doubt I will like this, the price is good.

    Just how long will a play through take and is there to be any multiplayer?

  • This game looks very good both visually and the mechanics look cool! Although I wonder how long it will take to complete at that price, worth a go none-the-less. Looking forward to it!

  • Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth was one of my favourite games back in the noughties, one of the most underated and overlooked games of all time I’d say. I think the closest we get to it nowadays is the Penumbra and Amnesia series, not true FPS games more like first person adventures with some combat…dunno how Cthulhu would translate into 2048.

    Yes, I also saw the unconfirmed news about Drive Club. I actually cancelled my preorder of GT6 this week after reading a Kaz interview where he said the release date was too tight for it to ship with all intended features and it will get a massive day one patch. All took in context as Kaz is a perfectionist but not impressed at all, they should bite the bullet and delay that as well out of respect to Kaz, the fans and series.

  • @HomessaHomem, thanks! Vita is not planned, sorry.

    @loonyspoony I’d say its 10 hours roughly, originally we planned multiplayer but passed on the idea.

  • 2048?

    Can I use a Feisar to get about?

  • I never thought magrunner would make it to the ps3, so this is fantastic news. So now i don’t think it will come to the vita, hoping to be wrong again.

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