Chinese publisher Zodiac Interactive and developer NEXT Studio announced that their macabre clockwork take on a story inspired by Alice In Wonderland is due for release this fall on PC and it’s called Iris.Fall.
The puzzle-platformer is themed around what the developers call an “imaginative storyline” where Iris wakes up from a surreal dream only to follow a mysterious black cat into an abandoned theater. Within the theater, Iris goes on a bizarre trip where she travels back and forth between a labyrinth of light and shadow, almost like a mixture of Alice in Wonderland meets Jim Henson’s The Labyrinth.
Making her way through the worlds of light and shadow and the dilapidated theater, Iris begins to finally uncover the truth behind her journey and unravel the mystery behind the theater and the labyrinth.
You can check out the debut trailer below, which gives you an idea of what the visuals and gameplay is like.
The game definitely has a unique style all its own. The 3D puzzle-platformer sees players roaming around in a clockwork-style location while solving puzzles and exploring the monochrome labyrinth.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what sort of game that could be considered its nearest relative, but it reminds me of a lot of older 3D PC games from back in the 1990s, where players explored fantastical worlds, talked to NPCs, and attempted to discover the mysteries beneath the mayhem.
Given that the barely-a-minute trailer doesn’t really show enough of the gameplay off, it’s difficult to tell how exactly it’ll all play out, but the press release mentions that players will transport back and forth between the “light” and “shadow” realms, with one realm being in 2D and the other being in 3D.
You can add Iris.Fall to your wishlist by visiting the Steam store page or keep an eye out for when the game launches later this fall.