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Elephantasy



It's said that somewhere, hidden from all but the most determined explorers, there is a miniature world where one may go to escape the worries of life. After falling from the sky, you've found yourself in that very same miniature world. But now that you're there, can you ever return home again?

Snorri, the resident Wizard of the miniature world, has told you of a mysterious Tower in the Sky above his shop. Perhaps if you can collect enough Gems, you can reach the Tower, and with any luck, get back home!

Elephantasy is a small exploratory puzzle-platforming game where you play as a tiny Elephant trying to get back to their home. Collect hidden Gems to raise your Rank, borrow Items from Snorri the Wizard, explore a vast and varied pixel-art world, meet a colourful cast of characters, and more! While exploring the miniature world, you'll discover a wide array of unique rooms and puzzles to solve using your Items, all of which give you various abilities; grow vines to reach high places, dash over seemingly bottomless pits, dive into uncharted waters, and lift the heaviest obstacles with ease! But beware; there are also strange and powerful beings in this magical world, many of whom won't give up their Gems willingly! It'll take all of your abilities, wits, and skill to gather enough Gems to reach the Tower!

Features:

  • Charming pixel-art characters, items, and environments
  • 350+ unique rooms to discover
  • 6+ Distinct areas to explore
  • A vast assortment of NPCs to meet and talk with
  • 36 Gems to collect, in addition to other secrets
  • Multiple endings
  • 4 Boss encounters (3 of which are optional)
  • Game speed settings, to allow players to set their own pace while exploring

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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

To say this game is adorable would be true, but there is so much mote to Elephantasy than just the cute visuals and heartwarming world presentation. This game is a small wonder that reminds me of the classic Dizzy series, but also brings back the awe with which I was exploring the meticulously constructed world of FEZ. But where FEZ felt convoluded and overwhelmingly complex, Elephantasy is just as welcoming and cheerful as I remember the Dizzy games to be. The whole world is a puzzle, that you slowly chip away at solving smaller puzzles, but always progressing and finding new discoveries. An epitome of a brilliantly designed puzzle-adventure game!
The fact that this little gem of a game remains buried under the tons of shovelware and asset flips is another example of Steam putting original games at a huge disadvantage, and actively working against giving them the spotlight it keeps reserved for the umpth GTA5 DLC or gazzilionth simulator.
Do yourself a favor and grab Elephantasy. Escape for a few hours to a world where everything makes you smile, makes sense, and has a logical solution.
Could not recommend it more!

Review from Steam

Elephantasy is a retro puzzle metroidvania... sort of. At the very least, it's a puzzle game in which you control an elephant who is thrown into a miniature world and has to climb a tower in the sky in order to get back home. In order to do that, you will need to enlist the help of the local merchant, who has got some pretty good gear for you back in his shop: a ring that lets you carry pots, seeds to grow climbable plants, a snorkel to swim and breathe underwater and boots to let you run and cross small gaps. But here's the thing - you can't carry all of them at the same time.
That's where Elephantasyreally shines: at the beginning of the game, you can only rent one item at a time from the shop. You will need to grab some gems that are scattered in the world in order to increase your rank and be allowed to rent more at a time. As a result, you can't go anywhere at first, although you've got at least three areas right at the beginning. But you will need to explore, solve puzzles and find gems in order to increase the range of your exploration, since some rooms and puzzles will ask for a combination of items.
It's a super interesting concept that makes for a very unique metroidvania, since your exploration is completely dependent on your item choice. For example, I decided to start by visiting the castle area, but I could very well have taken a dip underwater thanks to the snorkel - it would have been a perfectly valid choice, since no one area is more difficult than the others.
Once the game progresses a bit, the choices you have to make get more interesting. Rank 2 lets you carry two items at once, which is both very freeing and very restrictive! I often returned to the shop in order to choose a different combination that would allow me to explore an area further, or to solve a particular puzzle after opening a shortcut in an area. This always feels great, although I feel like some form of fast travel would have been very helpful in order to make experimenting more fun and less of a hassle. The map isn't huge, but it's still sizeable, made up of a lot of small square rooms and can take some time to get across.
At rank 4 (20 gems), you can visit almost every place in the game, including the tower in the clouds that ends in a short but sweet boss fight. And this is a good description of Elephantasy: it's a short but sweet indie game that is full of charm, never too hard and full of optional content. It's also a very interesting metroidvania with a concept that I absolutely love, and although it's not perfect, it certainly deserves way more recognition, especially at such a low price. I wholeheartedly recommend giving Elephantasy a try!
Find more reviews of small and overlooked indie games that deserve more recognition at our Hidden Indie Games curator page!

Review from Steam

Elephantasy is a very interesting game. It's a metroidvania in that you explore this big, interconnected map, and slowly gain more abilities which allow you to explore more of it, but rather than making exploration exciting with combat, Elephantasy fills the world with all these little puzzles. They're mostly pretty simple, I was able to 100% the game without much difficulty despite being practically allergic to puzzles, but there's a great variety in them that keeps it engaging. There's tests of your understanding of the four abilities, charting paths across the world map under certain restrictions, tests of navigation in a couple mazes, cryptic clues given by the world's inhabitants, and a couple really clever interactions between the game's systems...
Really, exploring in Elephantasy is practically one giant puzzle, and uncovering more of the world map feels a lot like completing a jigsaw. And much like a jigsaw there's this brilliant arc to it all, where you go from just trying to piece together what you can at the beginning, to filling out everything once you have the tools to do so, and then (if you're going for 100%) finally finding and putting those last few pieces in place. I was a little worried I'd come up one gem short at the end and have to scour the map looking for it, but Elephantasy has just enough clues that reaching 100% shouldn't be too difficult. And I do recommend it, this is the sort of game that deserves to be seen through to the end if only because of how charming and enjoyable it all is.
If you're looking for a more thoughtful sort of game, where you might find pencil and paper more useful than quick reflexes, I highly recommend Elephantasy.