By Michael Fontanini / August 22nd, 2017
According to a new press release, Caio Lopez, the lead designer behind Necrosphere and Cat Nigiri’s games, has created a special handcrafted controller for Necrosphere. Cat Nigiri is an independent game development studio located in Brazil. Known as the Necontroller, it will be celebrating the upcoming launch of the game at the start of September. Being handcrafted, it will obviously be available in limited numbers. So how do you get one?
There are two answers. One is that you take part in the creator’s Necontroller Challenge. There, you will compete against other speed runners and post a video or screenshot of your finishing time. The player with the best finishing time will be the winner and get a Necontroller sent to them with shipping costs paid by the developers. The competition will end on September 30th. Alternatively, you can send them an email and order one of these special controllers without taking part in the contest. For all information on the competition, visit the Necontroller Challenge webpage. It also lists their email address if you just want to order a Necontroller rather than competing for it.
With their array of only three buttons, these controllers highlight the simplicity of Necrosphere‘s controller scheme. You can only move left or right, and the third button is the start/pause button. There are elements in the game that let you do other things, but the controls are minimalist, and great for its challenging gameplay. The Necontroller has a USB connector that allows it to effortlessly plug into your PC. The creator explained at BIG Festival in São Paulo, Brazil one of his reasons behind creating this hand-made controller:
“I was tired of telling people you can only use left and right to play. So, I built this controller.”
Here are some more images showing what the inside of the Necontroller looks like:
Necrosphere is set to launch on September 1st, and our review of the game will be coming soon. The game will be available on Steam, GameJolt, and itch.io for both PC and Mac. It will sell for $4.99, and have a deluxe version that includes an ultra-hard bonus level and the sound track. The deluxe version will be priced at $7.98. If you want to play Necrosphere on Linux, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation Vita, you’ll have to wait a bit longer until those versions launch. They are set to launch by the final quarter of 2017.
Here’s the Necrosphere trailer:
Lastly, you can view the full press release below for full details and a few more links:
Necrontoller, a handcrafted controller to play Necrosphere.
Brazil, Aug. 21, 2017 – Caio Lopez, the main designer behind Necrosphere and Cat Nigiri’s games, handcrafted a limited number of special controllers to celebrate Necrosphere’s launch.
These controllers highlight the simplicity of commands designed for Necrosphere, showing only a start/pause, a left and a right set of buttons. The gadget works with an USB connection in PCs. Caio’s objective was to explain how to play the game. As he mentioned during BIG Festival in São Paulo, Brazil, “I was tired of telling people you can only use left and right to play. So, I built this controller.”
Players interested in getting this special gear may compete in the Necrontroller Challenge against other speed runners. The player that posts a video or screenshot of the best finishing time wins. This competition ends September 31, 2017.
Necrosphere is a challenging 2D Metroidvania game with the difficulty ramped up to the extreme. A battle for survival in the depths of hell itself, with the focus on exploring level after deviously difficult level, escaping the vast array of traps that lie in wait.
Easy to play – you use only two buttons to control your hero – but extremely hard to master, Necrosphere is a game for the toughest of the tough. Necrosphere was recently nominated for a slew of awards at Brazil’s Independent Games Festival, including Best Brazilian Game, Best Gameplay and the Innovation Award.
Necrosphere will have its official launch on Steam, Game Jolt e and itch.io on September 1, 2017. It will be available for Windows and Mac. It’s base price is set at $4,99 and the Deluxe version (which includes an ultra-difficult bonus level and the original soundtrack) at $7,98. The Linux, Xbox One, PS4 and PS Vita versions are planned to be released by the final quarter of 2017.
- Innovative controls using only two buttons, left and right.
- Over 2.5 hours of tough, no filler content.
- Unforgiving maze-like levels.
- Deliciously frustrating gameplay.
International agent Terry Cooper (tribute to Terry Cavanaugh and Twin Peaks) has found himself in some sticky situations, but this time he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Killed in a mission that went wrong, he wakes up to find himself trapped in the Necrosphere, the otherworldly place where all souls go to die. All is not lost, however; his fellow agents have managed to discover a series of portals and have left Terry a series of notes explaining how he can escape from this hellish place. All he has to do now is survive the fiendish traps and puzzles that await him, and his quest to escape the afterlife is on…
About the Developer
Cat Nigiri is an independent game development studio based in Brazil. Officially formed in 2012, the studio is focused on creating high-quality games with awesome mechanics. To date, they have released six games, including award-nominated endless runner Dream Swim and the upcoming adventure-puzzler Keen.
For more information on Necrosphere:
– Challenge (EN): http://www.catnigiri.com/necrosphere/necrontroller-challenge/
– Game Jolt: https://gamejolt.com/games/necrosphere/236132
– Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/607400/Necrosphere/
– itch.io: https://catnigiri.itch.io/necrosphere
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/NecrosphereGame
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/necrospheregame/
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