The Award-Winning Indie Game TurnOn is Coming Next Week

By Kevin Tavore, 7 months ago
TurnOn is the winner of the Imagine Cup 2014 from Brainy Studio. The game tells the story of an alien creature on its journey through a blackout world. It's very colorful, and styles itself as a "platformer without platforms." Brainy Studio knows that many AAA titles are making trailers with real actors nowadays. Not to be outdone, they've developed their own live action trailer with real electric bulbs. That's right, the trailer stars about 10 electric bulbs.


TurnOn was inspired by the World Wildlife Foundation's annual environmental movement, Earth Hour. The game designers loved the idea of a world where the power simply disappeared. They coupled that with a character who has the ability to return the electricity to objects to contrast the effects of not having power. The game itself is all about how the world depends on electricity and what would happen if it all went out. They hope they will be an inspiration similar to Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna).

Brainy Studio is proud that the story is told purely through visuals and other contextual clues - the player will need to explore and solve the problems of the world by themselves. Only through performing certain actions will it be clear what to do next.

While the game is episodic, all episodes of the game are available at launch and included in the game. The episodes simply serve to distinguish different areas of the city.

As far as achievements go, Brainy Studio is proud to announce that the game has 82 achievements they hope will inspire players to explore and get the full experience out of the game. They estimate that an average first playthrough will net about half of the achievements.

TurnOn arrives for Xbox One on June 1st.
Kevin Tavore
Written by Kevin Tavore
Purveyor of news articles and the occasional walkthrough or op-ed. The American equivalent of Aristotle. Likes almost all genres but has an unhealthy aversion to exploration and puzzles. Nicest place he'd never want to go? Japan.