After seven years of development, mind-bending puzzler Manifold Garden is out now

Back in 2015, Tom Sykes tried to explain Manifold Garden (opens in new tab) (then a few years into development) as "an exploration puzzler set in a 3D world that wraps around on itself", noting that it was inspired by M. C. Escher's Relativity. In fact, Manifold Garden was originally called Relativity. Sykes concluded by noting that it "should be done sometime next year".

One year later he was writing about the "physics-defying puzzle game" again (opens in new tab), pointing out that now it had a Steam page (opens in new tab) with a release date of 2017. That turned out to be untrue as well, and it's only now been released in 2019 (and on the Epic Store, with the Steam version to come in 2020). But it is finally real, and playable—although not in VR. Apparently they tried that during development and the results were as nauseating as you'd expect.

Here's the store page (opens in new tab).

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.