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Rain Games’ Teslagrad on track for 2014 release on Wii U

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We haven’t heard much about Teslagrad, a puzzle platformer from Rain Games that was announced earlier this year. The game is releasing next week on Windows, Mac, and Linux, but Wii U and PS3 owners will have to wait a little bit longer as those versions are still in development and won’t be ready until 2014.

The game features over 100 hand-drawn environments that players can explore at whim and features puzzles revolving around the control of magnetism and electricity. You can check out the latest gallery of screenshots below. The PC version of the game is being sold for $9.99, so we expect a similar price point for the Wii U version once its released.

Will you be getting this game?

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  • Christopher Acuna

    Kind of sick all the 2d games.

    • Christian Schoff

      Then make a 3D one.

    • Wishsong214

      It’s a natural result of indie-designing. 2D games are simply easier to make, especially for platformers, and so studios with lower budgets are more inclined to make them.

      • Wayne Beck

        Like it or not, he’s right.

        (He being Wishsong.)

        (Apparently, I’m just terrible at typing things in the correct inflection. Sorry to offend.)

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          That he’s sick of 2D games? Sounds more like an opinion to me. If that’s what your post was directed at.

          • Wayne Beck

            uh no. That Indie’s make 2D games cause they are cheaper..

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Your context could have been taken two ways, so sorry I took it the wrong way. :P

            He is indeed correct. Most indie studios don’t have the funds to make a full 3D game. Crowd funding has helped some of these indie developers, but it’s not enough if you don’t have a big time publisher feeding you money to your project. Problem with those publishers, is that they tend to butt into the development process, compromising the quality of many games. From an indie point of view, it’s better to self publish, which crowd funding helps pay too.

    • Googs

      Don’t buy it then?

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        My thoughts exactly.

  • Justin Ordoñez

    For $10.00, I would play it. Looks fun.

    • NintenScience

      lol, 3 downvotes…

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        6 people don’t appreciate 2D games.

        • Elitepwnsface

          No it is just that the wii u is oversaturated with them….

          • Magnus Eriksson

            There are too many platformers now. Agree.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            It may just be the stereotype that most developers think Nintendo fans prefer platformers over any other game genre. I could be wrong. :P

          • NintenScience

            That is mainly because of Mario (character)…

          • NintenScience

            Any video game with “platforming” aspects is called a platform game or a platformer.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            True. I should have been more precise here. 2D platformers was what I meant. Im an old guy, and platformers was equivalent to 2D platformers in my youth :D

          • NintenScience

            Yes.

            The type of platformer that is the most socially accepted by USA is First-person shooters such as Call of Duty (series) and Battlefield (series), while Japan is mainly interested in the traditional platform games such as the video games from Super Mario (series).

          • John Andalora

            Uh….. No.
            Call of Duty is not a “platformer.” Neither is Battlefield.
            No American thinks that COD or Battlefield is a platformer.
            We Americans see COD or Battlefield as a “first person shooter.” Nothing more.
            Americans think of Rayman or NSMB as platformers.

          • NintenScience

            It is NOT what the Americans think. It is instead, about the facts. I am sure that Call of Duty and Battlefield allow the player to jump.

            Jumping is the primary component of ALL platformers.

            Sounds like you are justifying your hatred against Nintendo Co., Ltd.

          • John Andalora

            Just because you jump, that doesn’t make it a platformer.
            A PLATFORMER needs PLATFORMS on layering levels that you can jump to.

            Cod and B4 do have jumping, but it’s not anything close to platformer style jumping.

            Also, don’t talk about “the type of platformer most socially accepted by the USA” and then claim that it’s just facts.

            Most Americans aren’t that stupid.

          • NintenScience

            Wow…

            *facepalm*

            Call of Duty and Battlefield also consist of platforms

            However, it is hard to reason with a “casual gamer”…

            lol

          • Guest

            Do you even read my comments? lol

          • NintenScience

            “Also, don’t talk about “the type of platformer most socially accepted by the USA” and then claim that it’s just facts.”
            John Andalora
            _________________________________________________

            When did I explicitly mention a relationship between social acceptance and the word “facts”?

            Instead, when I mentioned the word “facts”, it was to referring to the video games that are platformers.

            Lol

          • Elitepwnsface

            Are you talking 3d platformers or 2d? I would disagree with there not being many 3d platformers compared to the past. But 2d ya way to many.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            2d

          • NintenScience

            The Playstation 2 is more “oversaturated” than the Wii U

          • Elitepwnsface

            wow people get butt hurt

          • NintenScience

            Obviously.

        • NintenScience

          rofl

        • NintenScience

          Now it is [possibly] 5 Disqus commenters that hate on 2-dimensional video games…

          Lol

          Edit: 6*

        • Nathan Verbois

          Well, to each there own.

          Back in there heyday, platformers were everywhere and there wasn’t a whole lot to differentiate them. There were the standouts, like Mario, Earthworm Jim and Sonic, but many were fairly derivative, mostly due to being completely restricted to the 2 Dimensional plane.

          Platformers these days, have benefitted greatly from the advances in 3D graphics and evolution of game design and theory. More games combine elements from what was once very separate genres, so that a third or first person shooter is part RPG/part strategy game. An action/RPG is part shooter. Many games can and do include elements from a wide range of genres, to the point that some games defy classification. This is without mentioning how creating a 2D game with a 3-Dimensional engine opens up the gameplay possibilities enormously.

          These indie games often push this to new heights. Many of them are 2-Dimensional and essentially platformers by fault. This does not, however, tend to encapsulate the breadth and depth of gameplay experiences contained therein. They are simply platformers as a starting point; an easily relatable and quickly discernible world and playstyle to which most people can acclimate quickly. Not to mention they are generally less resource intensive than a 3D game. Making a high quality 2D game is much, much less expensive than a high quality 3D game.

          There may indeed be a glut of platformers on the Wii U, but in this day and age dismissing a new 2D platformer simply because it’s a platformer may be a little short-sighted. Runner 2 is a much different game than Trine 2, which is a much different game than Mighty Switch Force Hyper Drive Edition, and so on.

          My point is, if Teslagrad turns out to be a great game, I hope people won’t dismiss it out of hand just because it’s a platformer.

  • Ducked

    I’ll probably buy it eventually, there’s to many games coming out for Wii U in Q1 and Q2 of 2014.

    edit: downvotes are from people who are to stupid to know what Q1/Q2 stands for..

    • Guest

      Q = Quarter

  • Dj

    Looks cool, and sounds like creativity was used, so i’ll try it out

  • ENDOT123

    id love to start buying digital wii u games… but I cant justify it knowing if my wii u breaks and I get a different one, those downloads will be lost as they not connected to my account.. so if I do get this it will be for ps3. :(

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Another 2D game. Can’t say I hate indie games. This one looks like a winner. I’ll most likely get it for the PS3 or PC.

    • NintenScience

      Why not the Wii U?

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Not planning on buying one until Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 arrive. So it’s either PC or PS3 for me. If I really take a huge liking to this game then I might get it for Wii U as well.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          You must try 3D World. Amazing game. :)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Knowing how I went about the Galaxy games, I probably will in due time. :P

    • TCar

      You don’t have a WiiU yet you are on Wii U Daily?

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Is there something wrong with being on Wii U Daily if you follow Nintendo and plan to invest in a Wii U later next year? I already made this clear to NintenScience on another post to this comment section.

        • TCar

          Nothing wrong with it, I just found it a little odd because that is usually the mindset of the trolls that frequent the site. They don’t, and usually won’t, own the system yet they visit a site specific to that very platform. I read your other comment but it really didn’t make much sense. If you know you want to get it, why wait till specific games come out? That mindset has been hurting Nintendo because of less sales.

          • Graeme Lynch

            Um he doesn’t have to blindly support Nintendo. He is being what is called a ‘smart consumer’. Maybe if Nintendo actually listened to such consumers they would be selling more consoles and not producing ridiculous adverts that don’t even sell the UPS of the WiiU. Coming from a WiiU owner, last Christmas, I am still sorely disappointed by the lack of choice in amazing games. I wish I waited a year later to get the console much cheaper and not go through the 6 month game drought.

          • TCar

            No one should support anyone blindly! Giving him a smart consumer title may be a stretch, more of a cautious one but that is just splitting hairs. There are plenty of amazing games for the Wii U and the Wii.

            As for the adverts, they do what they are meant to do, tell the consumers that the Wii and Wii U are separate systems. You don’t see Sony or MS showing what their systems can do compared to their previous systems, why should that be a focus on Nintendo’s? Also, with more and more people using the internet to do their TV viewing, and most people using ad blockers on their internet, how do you propose they reach the public? This is why they have been doing tours, free play at airports, give-aways at airlines and many other new price points with downloadable games.

            Sorry you haven’t found your Wii U enjoyable, I sure have. There are many great titles at a great price available.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Because I’m not like every other Nintendo fan that buys first, possibly regret it later. Last thing people want is buyer’s remorse. I’m sure Wii U has a good chance at having a good 2014 and that’s where I’ll be paying attention to. The Wii U’s games selection right now, doesn’t interest me as much, so in my case, it’s best to wait.

            Better than buying something that you might not purchase many games for and in turn, would be a waste of my hard earned money. Maybe some of this mindset is hurting Nintendo’s sales, but I suppose that’s what happens when consumers were expecting more. I just don’t do the “take my money!” routine when purchasing any product. I prefer to wait and see and pick the right time that is convenient for me. No offense to you or anyone. This is just how I go about buying anything. :P

          • TCar

            That is exactly the issue, expecting! People keep getting not only their hopes up but their own personal expectations. Every year it gets harder and harder for these companies to develop things because everyone has their mind made up before it even releases. Than when it comes out, it doesn’t meet their expectations and they hold off until it gets somewhat close to it. Now because of millions of people whom want to get the system hold off because the things they were expecting hasn’t come to fruition yet. This of course hurts the very people they had expectations for. Did everyone expect to have backwards compatibility between PS3/PS4 or XB360/XB, yes. They find out it doesn’t but they accept it and buy the systems. Nintendo goes HD but not enough HD. Nintendo goes motion, everyone hates it. Sony and MS go motion, everyone loves it. Nintendo goes tablet, everyone mocks it. Sony and MS add tablets and now it’s revolutionary. So, the current consumers seem to be two faced.

            I understand holding off because someone doesn’t have the money yet. But because content it tight at the moment, not so much. There is plenty of content to play with plenty more to come. PS4 and XB1 didn’t start with a large lineup or have the ability to play the previous generations games, yet they have sold millions. The Wii U has many great looking games that are very fun and it plays all the previous generations games.

            I am left wondering though, what kind of games are you waiting to play on the Wii U?

        • NintenScience

          “I already made this clear to NintenScience”
          – Daniel Gonzalez
          _________________________________________

          Thank you for the information.

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    Although I appreciate the chance indies get this gen, already this gen can safely be called the Indie-gen I guess, I do have to make choices I don’t have the money to buy all indie games that look appealing + all the great big titles, nor I have the time either to play them all.

    This one is in the middle for me might or might not give it a shot.

    • https://twitter.com/Onyzora Ony

      At least, indie game generaly don’t ask you for 70€ (unlike those AAA crap you pay at high price with less content than a 6 month developped indie game, *cough* EA *cough*)

      • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

        Yeah that’s also true. Quite some AAA games aren’t even worth the €70,-

  • alex toschi

    The only thing that drives me crazy about Indie titles is that a huge percentage of them are 2D platforming games. I would like a little more variety, Not just dark settings staring little weird looking people. This does look good though.

    • NintenScience

      What?

    • TCar

      Every type of game has been overdone. What kind of game do you want that is new?

      • Guest

        I didn’t say I wanted anything specific, I like what I have now, I enjoy all my retail Wii U games, VC games, and some indie games. It just seems to me that here is a ridiculous amount of indie 2D platformers, it just may be nice to have a little variety from indie developers. Giana Sister’s, The Cave, Toki Tori, Cloudberry Kingdom, there is a prett vast amount of Indie Action/Puzzle platformers on the E-Shop. I just don’t understand why Indie developers make more of a different kind of game.

        • TCar

          I see. Pretty sure it comes down to cost and duration of release. If they aren’t well versed on games outside of 2d side scrollers, they development time may increase and they don’t have a budget that can exceed a certain timeframe. With crowd funding, we may start to see more of these devs work their way into those areas. However, seeing the major studios closing deters them away from growing to big to fast which in turns makes them more cautious to what they make.

        • Javier Smith

          You mean variety like Little Inferno, Chasing Aurora, Nano Assault Neo, Edge, Spin the Bottle, Scram Kitty, Q.U.B.E., Armillo, A Hat in Time, Armikrog, 90’s Arcade Racer, or Festival of Magic?

          None of those are side-scrollers and they are all on or coming to Wii U. There’s enough variety if you look for it.

          This game (Teslagrad) is going to be incredible on its own right, because of unique parts of the game and art design, not because people are nostalgic about side-scrollers. It’s a genre, not a trope.

      • alex toschi

        I didn’t say I wanted a particular game genre, I just said there is an obscene amount of 2D platformers coming out to the Wii U and in general, I don’t understand why more indie developers try to branch out to other genres. Toki Tori, Toki Tori 2+, Cloudberry Kingdom, Mighty Switch Force, Giana Sister’s: Twisted Dreams, The Cave, Puddle, Little Inferno, even Trine 2 is mostly Platforming with some action and puzzle elements. It just seems like there isn’t much variety. Downvote me all you want but that’s just how I feel about indie games right now.

        • TCar

          I down voted your first statement because of the nature of the comment. Your second and third comment has more substance to it so that I can better understand your mindset, hence the up vote on those.

          • alex toschi

            Thank you, I understand the business side of it and I’m sure the price to develop even games of this caliber are more than I can imagine.I love 2D platformers don’t get me wrong. It just seems like they all have the same basic mood now, either cutesy and completely bright and colorful, or dark and brooding such as this game Teslagrad. I feel like there is more creative ideas that could be implemented to make me feel like I’m even playing a different genre of game. Harmo-Knight is a decent example of a different kind of genre attached to the platforming level genre.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    and the shovelware marches on….

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Indie games are now labeled shovelware? Lol.

      • RyuNoHadouken

        not as a whole, but this one has it written on the cover art

      • NintenScience

        Shovelware is software that is mainly recognised for “quantity”, instead of “quality”. Independent (Indie) video games are NOT immune to this.

    • NintenScience

      No.

  • Javier Smith

    Played the demo of this and can attest that it is amazingly fun… but I had issues mapping to a gamepad so that hindered my experience quite a bit.

    On the Wii U, that won’t be an issue, so I’ll wait for that version to come out before buying it.

  • Elitepwnsface

    I would if it wasn’t a side scroller game.

  • Graeme Lynch

    I would like more RPGs please!

    • greengecko007

      Pier Solar is an indie RPG, and is also coming to the Wii U.

    • Lil J Moore

      THIS THIS and more THIS^^^^^

      • Graeme Lynch

        There was a time when Nintendo hosted all the RPGs. I think that time should come around again!

  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

    That one looks fun.

  • Daniel Schwarz

    I don’t know for sure if I’m getting this, but it’s definitely on my radar.

  • readypembroke

    Wiil have to watch a trailer for the game, if it looks cool, I will buy it for both Wii U and for my new Azurite Blue PS3.

  • Justagamer

    A buy for me

  • greengecko007

    Another pretty 2D indie game? Not my cup of tea, but hopefully it manages to sell decently.

  • https://www.imthegoddamnbatman.com Gamer Mania

    Found something interesting about that rumored next NEXT gen console Nintendo is “supposedly” working on. http://thearcadecabinetclub.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/rumor-confirmation-nintendo-could-be.html

  • Rick Valenta

    The Wii U indie scene is heating right up…