Creaks, a trippy 2D puzzle game, arrives on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC in July – Daily Star

We were fortunate enough to play Creaks at an Xbox Indies preview event last year and since then, we fell in love with it.

The game, developed by Amanita Design (the studio behind Machinarium, Botanicula and the Samorost games) is an exercise in creepy uneasiness.

At its most simple, Creaks is a game about turning creatures into ordinary objects and using these objects to solve fiendish 2D puzzles. The folks at Amanita are experts in obtuse, brain-teasing puzzles, and Creaks looks set to continue that in-game trend in style.

Solving mechanical puzzles as you explore a house that seems to be alive and judging you is the core goal, but there's so much more to this fascinating game beneath that simple conceit.

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"Human imagination is a wonderfully ambiguous thing," explains Radim Jurda, lead designer and artist at Amanita Design.

"Very often, when were looking at an object, our vision fools us into thinking that its something different. Something scarier, maybe. Sometimes we look up into the sky and see faces among the clouds, and we can barely understand how it is possible for the person standing next to us not to see the same thing."

"Science knows a beautiful word for this phenomenon of seeing things pareidolia. That is one of the building blocks of our game. Just a few minutes into Creaks, you will bump into some strange barking creatures in the mansions dark corridors.

"But are they as dangerous as they seem? Try to get them trapped under a beam of light and take a closer look. You may find out that what felt dangerous is a simple night table.

"Turning these creatures into ordinary objects is the key gameplay mechanic, along with pulling levers, stepping on pressure plates, and manipulating the environment to outsmart your enemies."

Think House of Leaves meets Neil Gaiman and you have a pretty good feeling of what this fascinating project feels like, spiritually.

We've only played the opening few hours of this experience, and that's enough to have kept us waiting eagerly for a release date for over 12 months.

Now, finally, we have one (or a release window, at least): July.

Creaks is coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Switch later this month and we'll be sure to update you the second we have more information.

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