Shiftlings was developed by Rock Pocket Games and published by Sierra. It was released on March 4, 2015 for $14.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.
The Xbox One is already home to an increasingly diverse range of game genres thanks to the ID@Xbox initiative, and it’s encouraging to see even crazier games like Shiftlings adding to the rich catalogue that already exists. Essentially, Shiftlings builds upon the existing range of puzzle-platformers by adding a unique twist on cooperative play along with stunning cartoon graphics and a slightly dark sense of humour.
Shiftlings is a game about two unfortunate aliens who happen to perform maintenance duties across a range of space installations whilst being watched by a reality TV audience. Why, you might ask, would anyone want to watch the Shiftlings at work? Well, apparently because the hazards involved in performing space installation maintenance are many, varied and often hilarious. The hilarity for the TV audience is presumably heightened by the fact that both Shiftlings are connected to each other via a pipe — a fact that plays a key role in the gameplay for us as players. The question is, can the beautiful visuals, strong humour and lure of cooperative play overcome the inherent challenges and frustrations that not arise in all puzzle-platformers, but also those that are specific to Shiftlings (such as the fact that both characters are literally connected throughout)?
So how will the lovable wacky alien janitors’ survive this adventure? The world will find out on March 4. The game is available to preorder here for $14.99.
The behind the scenes video will be available below the jump.
Question: What is Shiftlings?
Shiftlings is a puzzle platformer set in an intergalactic reality show featuring two space custodians traveling the cosmos completing complex challenges.
Their special ability is their connection to each other via one hose. That hose allows them to pass gas instantly between them allowing for one to become massive in size and weight which lowers mobility but offers new ways to solve puzzles.
Shiftlings will offer over 50 levels across five worlds and will offer both single player and two player local or online cooperative gameplay.
All this and more coming soon on March 4.
Check out Sierra’s Orientation video for Shiftlings after the jump.