Atari Wants Puzzle Gamers to Cooperatively Get Zen

A new game coming out of Atari will help gamers find their happy place.

Atari has announced plans to publish The Undergarden, a strangely appealing title that will be released on XBLA, PSN, and PC. It’s billed as a “zen-like” experience and comes from developer Vitamin G Studios.

Vitamin G is the experimental outlet of Artech Studios, which once made a Friends trivia game for the PlayStation 2, but I’m willing to give them a shot anyway. The Undergarden looks like one of those games you just can’t understand until you play it, with a description that sounds interesting for those that like the oblong side of gaming.

It’s billed as a casual “zen” puzzle game where players explore underground caverns as a strange little horned creature that is searching for the rest of his “musical band.” Along the way, they’ll encounter “exotic living entities” that might help, or hinder progress. Once found, your band’s musical abilities can be used to advance through the world. Distributing pollen to plants will grow various types of fruit used to solve the game’s physics-based “eco-friendly” puzzles.

Sound weird enough yet? The Undergarden also features multiplayer cooperative gameplay through its 20 subterranean levels, so you won’t have to inhabit the strange world alone. Atari says the game will “evoke an emotional response” and inspire a sense of calm within players as they find their chi. It’ll be released this winter for $9.99

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