The annual Develop: Brighton conference took place last week from July 12-14, and while it was mainly an event for journalists, developers and other people in the games industry, there were a large amount of upcoming and recently released games on the expo floor. After playing most of them, many of which were virtual reality focused, I settled on my personal favourite game from the event.
Shift Happens is a co-op platformer that can be played either locally or online. Sounds overdone and unoriginal, right? Well that’s where you’d be wrong.
Players control Bismo and Plom, two adorable sentient beings that share a common mass. At the press of a button, players can change the size of the little buggers to solve various puzzles based on weight and size. Which is where the creative name comes from, as the term for this is ‘shifting’. Coins and collectables are scattered across each of the over 40 levels with extra challenges and levels for the most dedicated of players. For those without a friend to play alongside, there are also over 30 levels designed for the single player mode.