30 September 2014

Played again: Echochrome

Text: Anja Neidhardt

The digital game Monument Valley has been a huge success ever since it was first released in April of this year. Its minimalist graphics place it in good company: several recent games for PCs and/or tablets and smartphones attract attention on account of their clear forms and colours. Not only do they play with perspectives and impossible forms (along the lines of Maurits Cornelis Escher), but soundtracks, too, are becoming more important than ever before.


The Echochrome video game, which was released in Europe in 2008, can be described as the forerunner of current digital games with a minimalist, graphic look. In the game by Sony Computer Entertainment, the player has to direct a figure through an abstract world whilst changing the perspective. The spatial constructions which are reminiscent of Maurits Cornelis Escher’s drawings appear as black lines on a white background, with occasional black-and-white gradations of colour. The classical music that accompanies the player was composed especially for the game. 










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