Indie Puzzler xoEL Attempts to Break out of the Box on Kickstarter

on November 27, 2016 9:07 AM

Spanish developers Greyman Studios recently put together a Kickstarter campaign to showcase their puzzle game xoEL (pronounced ‘ex-oh-el’). While they are planning a mobile release in early December, the allure of bringing it to Steam was too great. That’s where the €20,000 (about $21,200 USD) goal comes into play.

In the game you play as round aliens known as ‘Yabbies’ imprisoned in boxes. In order to escape, they must roll these cubes through each stage picking up certain colors off the ground. Sometimes you’ll paint the entire cube whereas sometimes you’ll paint just a side. If the color you roll by with matches the one on the floor you can either avoid hazards or fall to the next level.

xoEL contains that charm of a simple mobile game that you know will get more devious as you progress. The art is bright and eye-catching which invites anyone to pick it up and play. Unfortunately, the campaign video spends too much time trying to be funny with the villainous xoEL spy stumbling through awkward jokes; But you can tell that Greyman Studios is passionate about their game.

If the idea of rolling boxes appeals to you, there’s a demo of the game available on itch.io. The campaign wraps up on December 24th so the devs might have a nice Christmas present this year.

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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.