The developer of new indie hit Cocoon says it was difficult to pitch at first because it's a Zelda, Portal, Hyper Light Drifter-like whilst also not being like any of those games at all.
Jeppe Carlsen, who also worked as a lead designer on puzzle platformers Limbo and Inside, described what it was like pitching their latest game to publishers. "When pitching Cocoon, it was (for me) really hard to find games to compare it [to]. It’s a bit Zelda, but not really. A bit Portal, but not really. A bit Hyper Light Drifter, but not really, etc.," the developer wrote on Twitter.
I can definitely see what Carlsen is talking about; Cocoon is simultaneously so familiar and like nothing I've ever seen before. In the puzzle platformer, players will explore worlds that exist within an orb that you can carry on your back. The main mechanic of this one requires you to leap between the various worlds, combining, manipulating, and rearranging them to solve the puzzles inside.
When pitching COCOON, it was (for me) really hard to find games to compare it it. It’s a bit Zelda, but not really. A bit Portal, but not really. A bit Hyper Light Drifter, but not really, etc.October 2, 2023
Clearly, Carlsen managed to find a unique and compelling blend of all of the games listed above, as Cocoon is now one of the highest-rated indie games of 2023. If you head on over to Cocoon's Steam page, the puzzle platformer already has a promising 'Very Positive' review rating on Steam.
We also sang its praises in our Cocoon review, awarding it five out of five stars and complimenting it on its seamless puzzle design, satisfying world-hopping, rich environments, soundscapes, and more. Over on Metacritic's list of the best games this year, Cocoon can be found nestled between Vampire Survivors, Hi-Fi Rush, and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty with an impressive 89 Metascore.
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