Schim Demo Out Now

30 MAY 2024 – Dutch Devduo Ewoud & Nils are excited to share their highly-anticipated demo with the world. SCHiM will participate in Steam Next Fest from June 10 to June 17, but the demo is already available for players to leap into today.

SCHiM is a charming indie game about helping a lost shadow find its way back to its human owner by hopping around in the shadows. As you look for clever ways to move around in the world, you uncover small stories and charming details hidden in the environment.

The demo offers just a shadow of what’s to come, with the full game set to launch on all platforms—Steam, Xbox One/Series X|S, PS4/5, and Nintendo Switch—on July 18th! 

About the game

SCHiM is a game about jumping from shadow to shadow in a relaxing and lively environment. This 3D platformer takes elements of light, shadow & animation and adds them directly to the gameplay, delivering an experience that you will only find in SCHiM.

Key features

  • A story of a person losing their shadow – A schim is the soul and spirit of an object or living being. Everything in the world has one, and it should never be separated! You need to find your way back to the human you belong to, before it’s too late!
  • Unique 3D platforming – You can only move in the shadows, so you’ll need to find clever ways to leap into the shadows of animated objects and moving beings to use them as your pathways.
  • A beautiful abstract world – The color palette changes in each level to capture the setting, time of day and mood of every location you explore.
  • Each level has a story to tell – Each new level has its own living scenery with small stories to uncover, inspired by real Dutch/European cities and rural locations.
  • Hidden in the shadows – There are lots of hidden items to discover in SCHiM, and when you find them, you help other schim restore the connection to their thing.

Wishlist the game if you want to get more updates on SCHiM, ​or follow the devs on Twitter/X and join their discord.

History of SCHiM

SCHiM began as Ewoud’s exam project in early 2020, developed with Nils’ Indie Game Studio Extra Nice in the Netherlands. What started as a unique shadow-based platforming concept quickly garnered attention online, prompting a shift from a small-scale project to a full-fledged game. Inspired by Dutch/European locations & aesthethics, SCHiM is now a collaborative effort that blends creative vision with local inspiration.

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