Publisher Mixtvision has partnered with student start-up kaleidoscube to release their debut game A Juggler’s Tale in 2021. The targeted release platforms are PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. The game’s Steam page and an announcement trailer are live now.
The hope-inspiring 3D side scrolling adventure puts players in the shoes of Abby the string puppet, a talented artiste held captive at a circus. Longing for freedom, Abby flees from captivity, but soon has to realize that her fate isn’t completely in her own hands. Will she be able to take control of her destiny and make a difference with all the strings attached?
The game brings unique mechanics to the table: Set in a marionette theater, the acting characters are literally attached to the puppet master and narrator named Jack. Their bond is visible and tangible in the shape of strings: These strings prevent characters from walking beneath obstacles, for example, but they also offer a kind of safety: falling into a gaping abyss while hanging on strings is equally impossible. A Juggler’s Tale explores the string puppets’ relationship to the narrator, while making clever use of the underlying puppet play principles in its puzzles.
“We are extremely happy to be able to add another high-quality and meaningful title like ‘A Juggler’s Tale’ to our portfolio, and we look forward to working closely with the team of kaleidoscube. We believe the game has what it takes to become another indie hit”, said Benjamin Feld, Director of Games Publishing at Mixtvision.
“̴F̵o̴r̶ ̴u̶s̴ ̴a̷s̷ ̶a̸ ̵s̷t̵u̸d̶e̷n̷t̸-̶f̸o̸u̷n̸d̸e̷d̵ ̶s̸t̴a̸r̵t̸u̸p̵,̶ ̵w̸o̸r̷k̵i̶n̸g̶ ̷w̶i̵t̷h̷ ̵a̷ ̵p̸u̴b̶l̶i̶s̶h̶e̸r̷ ̵l̴i̸k̴e̷ ̶M̵i̶x̴t̸v̴i̴s̶i̶o̷n̴ ̵o̷n̴ ̷o̵u̶r̸ ̷g̷a̷m̵e̷ ̷i̵s̸ ̶a̴ ̸d̴r̷e̸a̵m̵ ̵c̷o̷m̷e̴ ̴t̴r̴u̸e̷.̴ ̵T̷h̸e̷i̴r̶ ̵w̵a̷y̵ ̶o̴f̴ ̵t̸h̶i̷n̵k̵i̶n̴g̵ ̴a̸b̷o̷u̷t̷ ̸s̵t̵o̷r̶y̸d̷r̸i̵v̶e̴n̶ ̴g̸a̸m̷e̸s̴ ̴f̷i̷t̷s̷ ̵p̸e̵r̵f̴e̵c̴t̷l̶y̴ ̷w̷i̸t̷h̵ ̵o̴u̶r̷ ̶v̴i̶s̷i̴o̸n̵ ̶a̴n̴d̴ ̵w̵e̸ ̴r̸e̴a̶l̸l̸y̵ ̴l̸o̸o̷k̶ ̴f̴o̵r̸w̶a̸r̶d̶ ̸t̵o̵ ̸t̸h̷e̶ ̸u̴p̶c̷o̸m̶i̸n̸g̴ ̵m̵o̸n̷t̸h̸s̷”̵,̷ ̵s̸a̴i̴d̵ ̵D̵o̸m̸i̶n̴i̸k̷ ̸S̵c̷h̸ö̷n̷,̸ ̵M̸a̴n̷a̴g̵i̸n̷g̷ ̸D̷i̶r̵e̶c̸t̸o̶r̵ ̷o̶f̸ ̵t̶h̶e̶ ̵n̵e̶w̷l̶y̷ ̶f̵o̸u̷n̴d̷e̸d̴ ̴g̸a̸m̷e̶ ̸s̴t̵u̶d̷i̴o̵ ̸k̵a̵l̴e̵i̶d̸o̷s̶c̶u̴b̵e̶.̴
A Juggler’s Tale’s world of grim beauty already attracted favorable attention at events like Gamescom or AdventureX and received numerous awards like the Game Connection Europe “Grand Award” 2019 and the German Computer Game Award “Best Newcomer Prototype” 2019. The game by German studio kaleidoscube is one of the finalists at the 2020 Independent Games Festival awards for Best Student Game.
- Fascinating puzzles using the unique string puppet gameplay mechanics.
- An intense story of hope and empowerment.
- A unique, visually impressive game environment that blurs the boundary between puppet theater and “reality”.
- A beautiful and grim fairy tale world.