Kiwi-made puzzle game Samsara is out today on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Mac.
Mobile versions for iOS and Android will follow at a later date.
Created by Auckland's Marker studios, Samsara is described as a reflective puzzle game of contrasts and echoes, in which you guide an innocent child safely to the exit of each level.
You do so by dropping blocks with different shapes and properties into a world of two dimensions separated by a pool.
According to Marker, the game's deceptively simple mechanics conceal rich and complex interactions that involve positioning, pathfinding, gravity, balance, timing, redirection and teleportation, with Samsara’s significant twist: everything added in the upside down world of Zee’s mysterious shadow below reflects in the world above.
Here's the set-up:
While playing in the park, Zee follows a squirrel through a portal to a world of echoes, inhabited by a shadow child. Surrounded by the unknown and trapped in a series of realms both confusing and dangerous, the youngsters must avoid slipping into the pool between dimensions, embarking on a voyage of discovery and awakening they share with the player, up and down staircases, through light and dark, across the upside-down and the right side-up to their eventual freedom.
"We’re over the moon to ship a game which has been such a labour of love for us all," said senior producer Alex Humphries.
"We’re pleased with the way it’s shaped up on every platform and hope players have as much fun solving the puzzles as we had creating them."