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Nintendo Switch gets rolly roguelike TumbleSeed in May

Also launching on Mac, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC

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TumbleSeed, the “rolly roguelike” from an experienced team of indies, will launch on May 2. The game will release simultaneously for Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows via Steam.

Polygon first had a go at TumbleSeed at last year’s PAX West, where we met Team Tumbleseed’s Greg Wohlwend (Threes, Ridiculous Fishing) for a demo. You can see our playthrough of an early build of the game below.

The game was inspired by an old Taito arcade game called Ice Cold Beer, where players had to balance a steel ball on a rail and to navigate a vertical field of holes. Wohlwend and his partners have taken the mechanic a step further by adding multiple “suits,” powerups with both offensive and defensive abilities, that the player character can quickly switch between.

Since then, the Chicago-based team — which also includes Benedict Fritz, Joel Corelitz, David Laskey and Jenna Blazevich — has been hard at work refining the game and moving it across multiple platforms. One of the most anticipated features is the rumble mechanic, which is expected to make excellent use of the Nintendo Switch’s HD rumble feature.

A price has not yet been announced.

Tumbleseed Early Gameplay

Tumbleseed is a super chill roguelike

Posted by Polygon on Thursday, September 15, 2016

Correction: An earlier version of this article said the game was headed to iOS. Team TumbleSeed tells us there are no plans for an iOS version at this time.

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