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  Retro Platformer Polyroll Ricochets onto Nintendo Switch and PC
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10/23/2019
 


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

ATLANTA (October 23, 2019) – HOF Studios announced Sonic-inspired platformer Polyroll is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC in the US on October 29 and Nintendo Switch in Europe, Australia, and Japan on October 31. In Polyroll, players will make their way through 36 expansive levels filled with unique enemies, hidden gems, and challenging bosses in a retro, 2D adventure.

Polyroll, the roly poly with attitude, uses his super shell to spin, bounce, roll, and ricochet across the land on a mission to save his friends from the clutches of the evil Kaiser Kiwi. Polyroll’s colorful bug-themed world is infused with retro charm inspired by classic platformers and chock full of inventive hazards and enemies. Eleven insane bosses stand between the hero and his friends, including a crazed stoplight, haywire appliances, and a giant spider stuck in a computer case. With locked-away paths and 96 hidden gems, there will be plenty of incentive to revisit the game’s levels to uncover branching paths and secret areas.

Polyroll was initially conceived as a Sonic fan game in 2010, and then later expanded into a full game with unique mechanics. “When we first released Polyroll on iOS in 2012, it had been a really long time since a 2D Sonic-inspired game had been released,” says developer Justin Craig. In 2018, a PC version was showcased at the Sonic Amateur Game Expo, where it was a surprise hit.

Instead of copying directly from Sonic’s playbook, Developer Spicy Gyro Games knew that mixing the familiar with new ideas was key to hooking new players. “Everyone always associates Sonic games with speed, but I thought there was more to explore with the ball mechanic,” explains Craig, a long-time fan of classic platformers. “It completely changes how you think about movement when you can ricochet off of any wall in the level, not just bumpers and springs.”

Together with HOF Studios and Shiny Dolphin games, Polyroll was completely remastered for the new release. Along with reworking the pixel-art, they added five new levels, a new boss, and even more hidden collectibles into the new release to make it even better. Additionally, the game features updated controls and tweaks that will please both the fans of both the original game and players of pixel-perfect platformers alike.

Look out for Polyroll on Nintendo Switch and PC on October 29 in the US. It then rolls its way onto the Nintendo Switch in Europe, Japan, and Australia on October 31. Learn more about Polyroll by visiting its website or by checking out the new trailer[a].

About HOF Studios

Founded in 2015, HOF Studios is an independent game studio based in Atlanta, GA that specializes in game development including the strategy game Depth of Extinction. They also work closely with other indie developers as a publisher, helping them bring their games to PC and console platforms.

Press Contact

Name: Mike Stumhofer

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 678-596-8968

Press Kit: https://hofstudios.com/games/presskit/polyroll

Youtube Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97gDplB1nT0

All Media: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Illxj2H9dGlx2Sey4FWPiEe0csGnEpVk

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[a]this had the trailer from the 2012 release and i sent it out. oh god.