Echochrome II due Dec. 21

PlayStation Move-based puzzle game will arrive on PlayStation Network in two weeks; price still TBD.

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With World of Warcraft: Cataclysm now out of the gate, there are few games left on the 2010 release calendar. One of them, Echochrome II, today received a release date, courtesy of the PlayStation Blog. The downloadable puzzle game will go on sale December 21 via the PlayStation Store, which will also receive a series of NeoGeo rereleases on the same day.

Sony is hoping Echochrome II will cast a shadow on PS3s during the holidays.
Sony is hoping Echochrome II will cast a shadow on PS3s during the holidays.

Like its predecessor, Echochrome II is visually minimalist and heavily influenced by the mind-bending works of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. However, the new installment adds an additional layer of gameplay by incorporating the PlayStation Move, the PlayStation 3's motion-sensing system. Players will use the PlayStation Move controller like a flashlight, casting shadows on a wall behind an obstacle course. The shadows will create bridges that players can traverse in order to navigate onscreen mazes.

Echochrome II will have 100 levels, each of which can be played in a different mode. In Escort mode, players will navigate the maze by creating a shadow path. In Echo mode, the object is to collect the translucent shadow characters to pass a level. Finally, in Paint mode, the goal is to "paint" a certain percentage of the maze by having characters of a particular color cross a corresponding section.

No price point for Echochrome II has been announced. For more on the game, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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