Aussie-Made PC Classic Myst-Like Puzzler, Eyes of Ara, is Coming to ...
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For three generations of non-handheld platforms under the banner of The Big N, talk of the consoles' lack of third-party support permeated their existence. Sure, the Wii brought Ninty back into the modern videogame landscape, but waggle would be its eventual downfall, while the Wii U's basic clunkiness would be its. Now, however, the Nintendo Switch is carving out a successful path even Nintendo might not have envisoned.
The major differentiator will be in Nintendo's eventual adoption of 4K HDR visuals and a more powerful unit, but as we type, new games and more developers and publishers lend their wares to the Switch's library, and we're all the better for it.
Most recently, The Eyes of Ara a Myst-like first-person puzzler from 100 Stones Interactive -- a Brisbane-based developer has been announced as coming to Nintendo's ever-growing Switch library.
Here's the official word:
On Nintendo Switch, The Eyes of Ara’s secrets come to life like never before with dedicated touch screen and Joy-Con support. On the go, piece puzzles together with the ease of a finger or stylus. When docked, guide the Joy-Con to precisely point at puzzle objects using the inbuilt gyroscope. These intuitive control options make exploring the richly detailed environments as empowering as it is rewarding.
After years of silence, a strange radio transmission erupts from a centuries-old, long-abandoned castle. As the technician hired to investigate the call, enter the perplexing citadel, navigate massive, detailed environments, and solve complex puzzles to uncover the truth behind the mysterious signal.
A labyrinth of secret suites and intricate mysteries in a fantastical setting await. In each of the castle’s beautifully crafted areas, find helpful clues and objects, using or combining them in inventive ways to venture deeper. Lost keepsakes and other secrets off the beaten path tell the captivating story of those who came before.
“Community and critical support for The Eyes of Ara have made it possible to bring this enchanting castle and all its tantalising mysteries to Nintendo Switch, where exclusive control options make the game more accessible than ever,” said Ben Droste, lead developer, 100 Stones Interactive via press release. “When Switch owners enter this castle, they’ll find a perplexing world full of secrets that rewards deep thinking with even deeper mysteries.”
The Eyes of Ara is now available for pre-order via the Nintendo eShop with a limited-time 15% pre-order discount and will release for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 15, 2019 for $14.99 USD. It is currently available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. On Switch, The Eyes of Ara will support English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese and Simplified Chinese languages.