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IGF finalist puzzler Ethereal gets March release date

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Abstract puzzler Ethereal, one of the games nominated for excellence in audio at the 2019 Independent Games Festival (opens in new tab), will be out on March 7, developer Nonsense Arts has announced.

As you'd expect, the sound design is fantastic, and you can get a taste for it in the trailer at the bottom of this post or in the soundtrack, which Argentinian developers Nicolás Recabarren and Tomás Batista have stuck on Spotify . It's hypnotic, and everything in its series of levels has a corresponding noise, which makes it feel reactive. 

The puzzles look surreal and unknowable: even after watching the trailer I'm not fully sure of all its mechanics. You're guiding a blob of colour around 24 levels made of blocks and wiggly lines, changing the direction of the blob to make it to the end, and the levels rotate and change colour at certain points. 

It has four themed worlds, each of which will have quirks and new tricks to learn, and there won't be any time pressure, which should let you relax and poke around for as long as you want.

At any rate, it'll be one worth watching out for. The game will be out on Steam (opens in new tab), the Humble Store (opens in new tab) and itch.io (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.