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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

       Players working together to solve puzzle for 3 months since launch

       First person to solve puzzle will win all Pill Bug Games for life

       Community believe book spotted in a menu screen could be the key

CARDIFF, 28th May, 2018 - For the last week players of Cycle 28, Pill Bug Interactive’s latest release, have been talking books! Whether it’s buying them or borrowing them from a library, the Cycle 28 community are trying to hunt down copies of James Smythe’s The Explorer in the hope of solving the game’s tricky mystery. Finding Smythe’s book appears to be a big breakthrough in the community’s 3 month-long struggle to understand just what is happening to Flight Lieutenant Olivia Bergen, the game’s main character, and how they can rescue her from what reviewers have called, “Groundhog Day in space”. 

Here are some highlights from our community’s Discord discussion from the last week:

“I actually went to a library to sign up yesterday and search for the book. It was closed.”

“In any case, I have a copy of the paperback on order, but it's going to take a while to arrive.”

“I doubt they'd expect us to buy the book to solve the puzzle.”

“Might be worth actually reading the book too, might have some parallels to the game.”

In case the thrill of discovery wasn’t motivation enough, Pill Bug are offering a Golden Ticket to the first player who solves the mystery, unlocks the game’s final achievement, and emails them the solution. The Golden Ticket gives the player free Pill Bug games for life! But, because this will be a community effort the Golden Ticket winner will also be able to nominate up to five players who helped them in their quest for answers. Those nominated players will receive exclusive Cycle 28 rewards and content.

What is Cycle 28?

You think Cycle 28 is a 2D space shooter in the classic arcade style, where only your score matters. The controls are simple. The action is fast-paced. Insane dogfights lead to epic, screen-filling bosses. But the truth is: You don’t know what Cycle 28 is. Not yet.

Playing as Olivia Bergen – a flight lieutenant that has become separated from her fleet – you only know Cycle 27. You live it over, and over, and over again. And if that wasn’t bad enough, every time you drop from warp they are waiting for you.

You don’t know who they are or what they want. You just know you’re the only thing between them and home. So you get better, faster, stronger. Maybe one of these Cycle’s you’ll figure it out. Until then, you can only keep dying.

Key features

Fast-paced space combat — Power slide your way between more bullets than any lesser pilot could handle. Nothing feels better than using your ship’s gun to propel you through enemy-infested space as you grip the trigger ever tighter.

Upgrades — Beat your personal high score in a run to unlock upgrades. With 121 possible configurations, customise your ship and master new tactics to live just a little longer.

Evolving story — Uncover the secrets of why you’re stuck in Cycle, why they’re hell-bent on destroying everything you love, and just who they really are.

Epic original score — A powerfully atmospheric mix of modern orchestral and retro electronic sounds by Jordan Rees (Blade Runner 2049 IMAX Countdown, Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Trailer, The Defenders TV Trailer).

Cycle 28 won’t be easy. It won’t be quick. But that’s okay. You’re not going anywhere.


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Name: Sean Walton / Dave Towsey

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]


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Twitter: @pillbugint / @DrSeanWalton / @D_Towsey