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The Perfect Pencil

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC
Genre: Platformer
Developer: Studio Cima
Release Date: 2023

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'The Perfect Pencil' Playable PC Demo Available - Trailer

by Rainier on May 2, 2022 @ 1:57 p.m. PDT

The Perfect Pencil is a narrative-focused platformer set in a strange world filled with perilous paths and unsettling creatures.

Help John on his journey of personal growth. Unravel the nuances of human reactions to fear. Surprising exploration, fast paced combat, complex choices and allegorical characters, all intertwined with a psychological narrative in this hand-drawn 2D action-platformer.

John finds himself trapped in a mysterious world, as it can happen to all of us from time to time. He can see a glow in the distance, though. It’s not clear where it comes from, but it looks like that’s the beginning of his adventure. And yours.

Start your emotional odyssey, a journey during which you’ll have to create your own path and face the consequences of the choices you make. Everything will depend on them, your choices. Unravel the facets of human reactions to fear, traversing an allegorical world full of meaning. The many areas you’ll cross are all interconnected and they each represent a precise theme.

Expose yourself to danger in your most vulnerable moments in order to survive. This is how you overcome your fears after all.

The "healing attack" will put you in many tense situations but it will prove indispensable on your journey.

Will you have the courage it takes?

Studio Cima is excited to announce that The Perfect Pencil is offering a playable demo during Steam's "Going Rogue: A Festival of Persistence" festival.

With combat and gameplay elements taking inspiration from games such as Hollow Knight and Earthbound with psychological depth of the characters, typical of games like Celeste, this combination is beautifully wrapped in a hand drawn art style. The Perfect Pencil aims to challenge players to comprehend and face uncomfortable situations that stem from their fears and anxieties - a topic very much in the zeitgeist of today - as part of a wholly engaging experience.

Engaging and unusual interactions, challenging choices, surprising exploration and fast paced combat will keep the gameplay interesting throughout whilst the narrative reveals itself. This game has its own language full of humour and allegories which it uses alongside immersive gameplay, to speak intimately to the player.

How deep do you want to dig? That’s up to you! The Analysis ability will grant you the power to gain precious information from NPCs, peculiar objects and environmental observations. This will help you make choices, discover secrets and new meanings to the game’s narrative, influencing the final outcome of your journey.

The Perfect Pencil entwines psychological narrative with adventurous gameplay, secrets, surprises, mini games, interactions, quests, enemies, friends, frenemies, eneriends, and big (maybe) terrible boss fights.

While you help John through his travels, you’ll become fond of this scary world.

Oh, and please, never forget: beware of the white beast.

The Perfect Pencil is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam) in Early 2023.

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