Have you watched Inception? Remember that idea of being locked in a dream within a dream? Well, Atum is a game that brings a similar perspective, it’s a game within a game now available on Windows 8.1.
You launch the game. First you see the silhouette of a man climbing ladders, running chaotically into walls of darkness. But if you zoom in you see you are in front of a computer. There are books around you, a mouse, a keyboard, flowers. You play the role of a person playing the game. And the objects you see around you can help you to go the next level. So, the 3D world can help you to progress in the 2D world.
What is interesting about this game is that it forces you to think outside the box. The 3D world and the 2D world are interwoven, so you have to be creative. For example, magnets from the 3D world can deform metallic objects from the 2D world and fire lights us the environment. You can use 3D world batteries to power 2D world machinery to help you climb to the next level.
ATUM has been developed by a group of 3rd year students at NHTV IGAD, The Netherlands as part of the University’s Gamelab. The team developing this game had 10 members who worked on this project for 42 days. The best description of the team is given by the team itself:
ATUM pulls the player into a world where the player is the mechanic. It brings a novelty take on the point-and-click gameplay of previous generations and combines it with platformer puzzles. The game toys with the concept of multi-layer gameplay, dipping its layers in mathematical loops and philosophical recurrences.
It is worth mentioning that Atum was a finalist at the Independent Games Festival in 2013. You can download the game for free from Microsoft Store.
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