BERLIN – April 13, 2023 – Duru – About Mole Rats and Depression, the 2D puzzle platformer exploring mental health and friendship from developer Twisted Ramble Games, arrives on Steam for PC and Mac on Friday, May 5, 2023 with a Nintendo Switch version planned following launch.
Tuli, a mole rat entrenched in colony life in the South African plains, serves as a gatherer responsible for securing the food and resources her community needs to survive. Her fulfillment comes from seeing friends and family thrive due to her hard work, made even harder by a mysterious black creature following her every move and making even the most straightforward task feel impossible.
Guide Tuli on a journey through her colony’s tunnels with Bel, her dark shadow always in tow. A manifestation of Tuli’s developing depression, Bel often works against Tuli by moving objects, eating items, and manipulating the gatherer in unpredictable ways. To lift her spirits, Tuli must run, jump, and paint her way across the landscape while learning to overcome the desires of Bel and honing them to Tuli’s advantage.
Draw objects and items, painting them into beautifully illustrated and animated locations. Learn to balance Bel’s destructive behaviors in a positive way to solve puzzles and progress through the colony. Rebel against the insecurities and depression hanging over Tuli on a heartfelt adventure presented in a wordless format that speaks to everyone, regardless of language.
“Duru – About Mole Rats and Depression has a human heart at its core,” said Kerstin Schütt, Narrative Designer, Twisted Ramble Games. “We hope Tuli’s struggles and her path to overcoming them in our debut title will resonate with players across the world and remind them hope springs eternal when it comes to Steam on May 5.
Duru – About Mole Rats and Depression will launch on Steam for Windows PC and Mac on Friday, May 5, 2023 for $19.99/19,99€. A Nintendo Switch version is also planned.
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