The Rewinder is an adventure puzzle game, based on Chinese mythology and folklore, featuring all sorts of monsters and deities (like the Black and the White, Ox-headed and Horse-faced raksasa, etc.). You play a special "agent" who helps the spirits of the dead achieve rebirth, to return to the living world.
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“An effective blend of ink painting and pixel-art styles. Undeniably beautiful.”
PCGAMER

“A beautiful aesthetic inspired by traditional Chinese art.”
Kotaku

“I particularly loved the traditional Chinese designs that appear throughout it”
CheckpointGaming

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About This Game



A man went missing within this shadowed village. Rumor has it that a mysterious long-haired female was seen near the lake, calling passengers’ names. Taoist priests were hired to find her but returned empty-handed. The once lively village soon fell into ruins. Now there is only one left, with a shattered heart, she remains to wait in solitude... It seems that all these myths and tragedies are related to the village's past.

The main protagonist is a special one who can travel between reality and the beyond, hired by the Black and the White Emissaries to investigate the case that souls failed to enter Samsara. You were brought to an abandoned village that is filled with all sorts of seals and conjuring. By investigating those shattered souls, you will experience their memories, and find a Dharma altar that rewinds time. The further you dig into the truth, the closer you get to discover more about your past. Whether or not you can help those souls reenter Samsara depends on your every choice and deduction.

Now, enter the world of "The Rewinder", playing as a special one who is capable of travelling between the Bardo (reality and the beyond, present and the past). By travelling in timelines, you shall solve all the mysteries and eventually, unveil the truth of your atikranta (past).



Puzzles
  • The rewinding feature and Ying Yang brings new and interesting challenges for players.
  • Each time you change the past, you bring unexpected changes to the "present".
  • Later in the game, the player will learn some special skills, although you may not use them in fights, they will help the player to seek out the lurking monsters beneath.
  • The combination of puzzle-solving and some minor dungeon-exploring will bring a brand new experience to players.

Collective Features
  • Not all asuras (monsters and spirits) are hostile. Some may be hiding in corners, bonded by klesa (grudges or wishes).
  • Players may also help them on their way to unlock achievements.
  • There are some Easter Eggs hidden in-game, waiting for players to discover them.

Graphics
  • Many art styles were experimented with. We ended up using pixel art to render a traditional ink painting style. We believe it is unique.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or greater
    • Processor: Intel i5 Quad-Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.8+
    • Processor: Intel i5 Quad-Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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