Thunderful Games has revealed a new game coming to Switch and other consoles this year — Paper Cut Mansion. Coming from UK-based Space Lizard Studio, the game is described as a roguelite horror and sees you navigate your way through a cardboard mansion as police detective Toby, solving escape room-style puzzles and scaling the building floor by floor, run by procedurally-generated run.
The developer says that the game “draws inspiration from the classic 80s and 90s works of Tim Burton and Jim Henson”, and from the trailer above it looks a little like Double Fine were given the keys to a Paper Mario X Luigi’s Mansion mash up… which actually sounds like a truly excellent idea now we’ve typed it out.
In addition to procedural generation, the press release also mentions a “dimension-hopping mechanic” and “musical story interludes”, so there seems to be no shortage of ideas going on here to accompany the handmade cardboard aesthetic here, which is apparently achieved through each texture being hand-drawn, scanned and added to the 3D model.
Here’s some more info on Paper Cut Mansion’s premise, plus some screenshots to accompany the gameplay trailer above:
In Paper Cut Mansion you play as Toby, a police detective who awakens on the road leading to the eponymous old mansion. You will put those detective skills to the test as you seek to unravel the story behind this bizarre place, with each run giving you the opportunity to collect another piece of evidence to be tacked on the Evidence Board. The intriguing cast of characters you will meet as you explore may help or hinder you: some will offer quests that can earn you helpful rewards, some will try to hide and some are out to get you.
The game has only a ‘2022’ release date attached at the moment, although given the spooky nature of the game, it doesn’t take a detective to divine the time of year they might be aiming for with this one.
Let us know below if you’re intrigued to unfold this one whenever it arrives on Switch.