The Pitch: A laid back papercraft style rhythm game with a rockin' soundtrack.

Current Status: Released on Steam and iOS

Links: Homepage, Steam, iTunes

Ephemerid is a deceptive game to watch. If you just check screenshots or watch a video with the sound off, you really are missing out. It seems like an arty papercraft platformer if you just catch it out of the corner of your eye.

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Put on a pair of headphones, though, and you realize it's a rhythm game that's all about flow. The soundtrack is straight out of classic rock. I almost expected Freddie Mercury to start crooning partway through.

Here, take a listen to the trailer:

The gameplay is purposefully fail-proof. There's no missed chords to worry about, just do the best you can and experience the music and the story the visuals tell.

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Ephemerid was one of several games we tried at the MIX SxSW Gaming Showcase booth. The first part of the first level was a bit tricky with a mouse and keyboard. Brent from Super Chop was on hand, and I asked him about it.

He said that the interface works better on touchscreens, but that people were generally using tablet speakers to play back the audio, which really is a sub-optimal experience. My suggestion would be to grab the tablet version and slip on some high-quality headphones to get the best experience.

Bottom Line: Ephemerid blends relaxing gameplay and a high-energy soundtrack to get you to that rhythm game "flow" state and keep you there.

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