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Hectic shmup-platformer Rive is out now

I consistently confuse Two Tribes' Rive with troubled ICO-like Rime, so I'm partly posting this news story to cement the game in my head, but mainly because this platforming shoot-'em-up hybrid from the developer of Toki Tori looks pretty intriguing in its own right. You control a spider tank in a sidescrolling, bullet-spewing world, one that comprises land, underwater, zero gravity, and look-ma-I'm-on-a-moving-train sections. There's a lot going on, not least in the launch trailer:

If you don't want to shoot enemies into teeny-tiny bits, you can also hack and control them. And when you finish the (supposedly six-hour) campaign, you can take on the Speedrun or Single Credit modes.

Rive is out now on Steam, with a 15% launch discount for the next couple of weeks.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.