'Shifting World' brings world-flipping puzzle platforming to 3DS

The Shift browser game series is being ... transferred to another platform. Aksys Games has announced a 3DS game based on the puzzle platformers, called Shifting World. Like the browser originals from Armor Games, Shifting World works by letting you switch between "black" and "white" mode at will, flipping gravity and altering which parts of the level are the floor, and which are the background.

Aksys and developer Fishing Cactus add a literal extra dimension of play by also putting "2D" and "3D" switching in the levels. There's also a "level generator of awesomeness" that makes levels from DataMatrix barcodes -- the same barcodes that appear to be the visual inspiration for the game.

Despite its windowed origins, Shifting World is making a move up to retail. Aksys is planning a 2012 release.
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Shifting World: Is the Floor the Roof, or the Roof the Floor?
Coming to the Nintendo 3DS™ System in 2012!

TORRANCE, Calif. -December 6, 2011-Acclaimed video game publisher Aksys Games is proud to announce their partnership with video game developer Fishing Cactus in order to bring you the puzzle platformer Shifting World. Based on the award winning Shift series originally by Armor Games which has been played by over 16 million players on the web, the Nintendo 3DS version will be the first of the series to hit consoles and introduces an all-new art direction, level editor, 3D functionality, and a level generator of awesomeness that works by taking pictures of DataMatrix bar codes with the 3DS camera.

Key Features:
Shifting World is first of the SHIFT series to adapt the famous puzzle gameplay to full 3D.
Shift the world, from black to white and white to black. Use that to your advantage to overcome the game's obstacles and find your way out of the room.
A new layer of puzzles: switch from 3D to 2D and from 2D to 3D with a button.
Over 60 levels total in Adventure Mode, Bonus Mode and Time Attack Mode!

Shifting World is scheduled for a 2012 release on Nintendo 3DS. Shifting World is rated E for Everyone with Violent References by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). More information about Aksys Games and Fishing Cactus can be found at www.aksysgames.com and www.fishingcactus.com.

About Aksys Games
Founded in 2006 in Torrance, California, Aksys Games Localization, Inc. is a localization studio and boutique video game publisher specializing in the Japanese-to-English translation of games and committed to publishing unique, multicultural, high-quality interactive content for all current-generation platforms with its small, but talented staff. Its lineup of games include 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (Winner: "Best Story/Writing" Awards from IGN and Nintendo Power), BIT.TRIP RUNNER (2011 Independent Games Festival (IGF) Excellence in Visual Arts award), and the acclaimed BlazBlue and Guilty Gear fighting game series. More information about Aksys Games and its products can be found on the company's website, www.aksysgames.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.