Mythical Chinese Platformer Shio Now out on Steam

Coconut Island Studio’s foray into gaming has lead to the meditative looking platformer, Shio. The game is now available for PC and Mac on Steam and will run you $11.99 USD. As per usual, there is a early purchase incentive with 10% off for those that purchase the game before May 11th.

The game takes place in an unnamed part of ancient Chinese history and concerns a man with a mask on his head looking for answers. He doesn’t say a word during his quest but he will be guided by others as he seeks unknown desires. His mysteries will become your mysteries and the story that will unravel will not be of the happy variety.

Gameplay consists of tricky platforming and multiple jumps while you avoid dangerous traps. This will be a Super Meat Boy level of difficulty and you should expect to die a lot and often. Lanterns will be there to guide your way but they might not always be the way you want to go.

Other features include:

  • Original side-scrolling platform game:
    As a difficult side-scroller game, you need to “beat” the game only by using lanterns. There are no “enemies”, the only enemy is an “environment” challenging levels design will never make you feel bored.
  • Meaningful scene layout:
    The game divided into four chapters, each chapter represents its own mood, its own weather. This “weather” will affect the level design and challenges that player will facing with.
  • All kinds of traps:
    Players will find many various traps and obstacles, the key is to learn how they work and be familiar with them.
  • Background music:
    There is no game without music in it, music in the game plays the main role. Composed individually for every chapter in the game, it enchanting all feelings from the game.
  • Sad and mysterious story:
    The main engine which drives players to continue challenge themselves and overcome difficulties is the story of masked man. Nobody knows what happened to him and why he always keeps silence.

Shio can be found on Steam starting today. A launch trailer is available below:

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Leif Conti-Groome

Leif Conti-Groome is a staff writer at DualShockers who mainly focuses on indie games and crowdfunding campaigns. He was a contributor to the niche game podcast Total Control and he frequently lends his services to the Torontonian enthusiast group, The Hand Eye Society.

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