Space Lizard Studio is developing a roguelite horror game, which Thunderful Games will publish. Even its tagline shows promise: once inside, you can’t cut corners, which hints at the cardboard, paper-based design.
The publisher provided the following overview: “Paper Cut Mansion is a roguelite horror set in a unique handcrafted world made of cardboard coming to PC and console. Explore the titular mansion floor by floor, solving escape-room style puzzles, battling enemies and completing quests as you unlock new abilities to aid you on each run and seek to solve the mystery behind the mansion. In Paper Cut Mansion, you play as Toby, a police detective who awakens on the road leading to the eponymous old estate. You will put those detective skills to the test as you seek to unravel the story behind this bizarre place, with each run allowing you to collect another piece of evidence to be tacked on the Evidence Board. The intriguing cast of characters you will meet as you explore may help or hinder you: some will offer quests that can earn you generous rewards, some will try to hide, and some are out to get you.
Run by run, Paper Cut Mansion will offer you the opportunity of defining your playstyle as you unlock new abilities and discover new equipment that will give you a better chance of overcoming the challenges each procedurally generated run throws at you. Intrigue is further added through a dimension-hopping mechanic that lets you leap between alternate versions of the exact location that switch up the aesthetics and gameplay.
With a variety of enemies, clues, quests, secrets, loot and compelling logic puzzles scattered throughout the mansion, there is always something intriguing to discover on each run, as well as a variety of things for you to do—from upgrading your kit to solving puzzles, to delving into Paper Cut Mansion’s twisting story. The game’s incredible aesthetics are rendered using traditional and digital means. Each texture is hand-drawn on paper, scanned into a computer, and modelled into 3D papercrafts. The combination of unique visuals, multi-layered gameplay and musical story interludes make Paper Cut Mansion a roguelite horror experience you won’t want to miss!”
Space Lizard Studios’ Gabriele Caruso said in the press release, “I’m excited to give people a first look at this intricate paper world we’ve been crafting. We wanted to create something unique that draws inspiration from the classic 80s and 90s works of Tim Burton and Jim Henson. The team has worked hard to create a mysterious and visually appealing world that will draw players in and provide them with a compelling roguelite loop that will keep them coming back. I can’t wait to tell you more about the game as we get closer to release!”
Paper Cut Mansion will launch later this year on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
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