Developer Crunching Koalas has announced a release date for their current project, MouseCraft. It will launch simultaneously on PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and PS Vita on July 8, 2014.
Don’t worry, MouseCraft isn’t one of those sandbox derivatives; it only uses “craft” for popularity. This is a puzzle game where players have dominion over a set of mice.
Each level is set up with a different puzzle, where the creatures must go from start to finish and arrive safely. They do so in automated fashion; walking from one end to the next, until they reach an obstacle.
It has a lot of similarities with Lemmings, in how the mice are automated and the puzzle design is centered on getting them to the destination without killing them. Therefore, expect a ton of obstacles to be found during trials.
To overcome gaps and other elements, MouseCraft borrows the Tetris block design, which it diversifies with blocks of different qualities. For instance, some blocks will be bouncy, allowing mice to drop from greater heights, while other items are tied to time bombs, clearing paths when pushed at the right time.
In total, the release version of MouseCraft will have 80 levels. Additionally, a level editor will allow for custom content. Since it will integrate Steam Workshop, connecting to custom levels should be fairly easy on PC.
Currently, the game is already available through Early Access on Steam for a price of €9.49.