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GDC: Escape Goat 2 Preview

escapegoat2Escape Goat 2 is a sequel to the original puzzle platformer, Escape Goat.  The game revolves around solving single-room puzzles as the level shifts and moves around you. Escape Goat 2 was only announced back in January, but is already coming along extraordinarily.  This is in part due to the fact that Ian Stocker of MagicalTimeBean has actually split up the workload and is working with an artist and another programmer who helped him on the new lighting engine.  The game is prettier than ever, but the core gameplay elements, twisting puzzle rooms, and magical mouse companion all remain intact.  Perhaps the biggest change in the game is the much more linear approach.  In the first game, you could choose which group of levels you wanted to tackle via an overworld hub.  In the sequel, the game will be much more linear, but there will be secret doors and branching paths off of the core levels.  Even this early build of the game had tight controls and some tough puzzles.  Keep an eye out for more on Escape Goat 2 by visiting MagicalTimeBean’s official website or following Ian on twitter @MagicalTimeBean.

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