Paper Shadows is a 2d puzzle-platformer where you play as two characters at the same time. It is a game about separation and reunion, and the relationship between perception and performance.
The characters each have a different power: the boy’s lantern permits him to see the world as different from what it is, and the girl’s mask permits her to take on the powers of the animals they encounter. Together, they will acquire new ways to use these tools and explore further, slowly revealing the place they are exploring and the reason they have come there. The game’s aesthetic takes inspiration from traditional shadow puppetry, and the world itself offers multiple paths of exploration, with new areas becoming available as new abilities are acquired. Using both characters simultaneously is often necessary to solve a puzzle, with each one using their unique powers in tandem with the other. By facing the challenges ahead of them, the characters come to know the forces that would keep them from their task and must confront those realities that cannot be escaped or changed.
Explore a unique, continuous world inspired by traditional shadow puppetry
Solve puzzles by changing the world around you
Reveal alternative possibilities and paths to progress
Dynamic split-screen that preserves the relative positions of each character
Use each character's unique strengths to overcome the other's weaknesses