With only 10 seconds of candlelight, help the lone Candleman find his way to the distant light and avoid the dangers of the darkness
Are you ready to step out of the light? Find out by playing Candleman, the 3D puzzle platforming game, released today in over 28 regions including North America, available for $14.99 USD exclusively on Xbox One. Released on February 1st from publisher E-Home Entertainment and developer Spotlightor Interactive, as part of the ID@XBOX program, Candleman features lush environments, dynamic lighting and fantastical challenges that respond to the introduction of candlelight in the ever-oppressive darkness. The premise is elegantly simple: help a small candle find his way through the dark with only 10 seconds of candlelight available per level.
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Watch the official Candleman launch trailer to see where the journey will take you:
In Candleman, players travel through nine chapters of awe-inspiring and mythical adventures, a total of 36 levels that become increasingly difficult to explore and navigate. They must beware of dangers in the dark beyond deadly falls and running out of candlelight – Candleman will need to surpass raving furnaces, bottomless depths, menacing ghosts, massive machinery and more throughout his journey to find the distant light. While Candleman drips precious candle wax on the floor from illuminating his wick, he gains one major advantage – the decreased weight allows him greater maneuverability and jumping height to leap over obstacles.
“Candleman is an important project for Spotlightor Interactive since the game is subtly expressive of the Chinese culture’s introspection of contemporary life”, explains Gao Ming, co-founder of Spotlightor and creator of Candleman. “Even though the game’s adventure is contained inside of a magical world, it focuses on the internal struggle of seeking out purpose in a world juxtaposed by light and darkness.”
Helping to bring Candleman from proof-of-concept to a fully-realized game has been the work of E-Home Entertainment. “It’s been our pleasure to work alongside Gao Ming and the team at ID@XBOX to grow the original vision behind Candleman into the expansive, fully-realized adventure experience it is today. Together, we’re very excited to see how fans around the world fare within the fantastic adventure we’ve created for them.”
Candleman was originally created as an entry into the Ludum Dare game jam competition by Gao Ming, with the theme “10 seconds of light.” Emerging from the event as an award winner in several categories, Candleman went on to receive additional recognition on the web from Kongregate as well as within ID@XBOX, allowing Spotlightor to develop the game into a full-length adventure. After launching previously in China, Candleman is now available in 28 regions including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.
For those who have played Candleman and have fallen in love (which I see and hear are many), there’s some really good news for you. In addition to leaderboards and other polish, DLC will be available in Summer 2017!! Here’s a quick rundown of what we can expect at this point:
Full details aren’t yet available, but the DLC will feature ~ 1.5 hours of gameplay including:
12 game levels
the real ending of the game story
Since the ending has been a sticking point with the community, this is great news for those looking for more on that front, and for those just wanting more candle-fun.
About E-Home Entertainment
E-Home Entertainment Development Co., Ltd. is a joint venture of Microsoft Corporation and Oriental Pearl Group and the first registered company of the Shanghai free trade zone. E-Home Entertainment is engaged in publishing local and global high-quality games to Xbox’s China platform in addition to globally publishing high-quality games. Currently, E-Home is the largest publisher for Xbox One’s China Platform. Learn more at http://www.ehedco.com.
About Spotlightor Interactive
Founded in 2009 by Gao Ming and Ma Xiaoyu, Spotlightor is an indie game studio based in Beijing, dedicated to creating innovative games, which provide unique experiences through immersive interactive design. Learn more at http://spotlightor.com/press/index.php.