Award-winning Indie Reveals New Gameplay, Mixing Pulpy Filmmaking with Time-Bending Puzzle Platforming
LYON, France (August 23, 2023)—Today developer Chanko Studios and publisher AMC Games shadow-dropped the PC launch of It’s a Wrap!, their one-of-a-kind 2D puzzle platformer inspired by classic action films of the 1980s. Accompanying the announcement, a nostalgia-inducing trailer featured in the Future Games Show reveals new gameplay, from intergalactic space battles to high-octane chase scenes, all packaged in an “unforgettable” rap performance in the style of the absolute cheesiest 80s commercials.
Players eager to direct and star in this summer blockbuster can play It’s A Wrap! on Steam, Epic Games Store, or GOG now, or pick it up on the Nintendo Switch™ system on August 31, 2023. Watch the It’s a Wrap! Release Trailer here:
Though inspired by B-movies, It’s a Wrap! launches wrapped in laurels from festivals around the globe. The game has been included in 19 showcases at venues like PAX West and London Games Festival; top awards include the Critic’s Choice Award at Indie Game Fest 2023, Excellence in Design and IGN Japan’s Media Highlight Award at BitSummit 2022, Most Innovative Newcomer at the Creative Gaming Awards 2022, and the award for Most Fun at Indie X 2022.
As Chanko Studios’ debut title, these acknowledgments are a testament to the small team’s exceptional craftsmanship, passion, and dedication to delivering a standout puzzle experience. “It’s a Wrap! is our heartfelt tribute to the golden era of 80s action movies, and we hope it resonates with players who like their puzzles challenging and their action over-the-top,” said Guillaume Bernard and Dominik Schwäger, Co-Founders of Chanko Studios.
It’s A Wrap! cleverly combines challenging puzzle-solving, satisfying 2D platforming, and an abundance of 80s nostalgia. In It’s a Wrap! the player directs and stars in low-budget Hollywood films trapped in a loop of rehearse, die, and repeat. With the unique “timeline editing” mechanic, players assume the role of director and must skillfully maneuver the timing of actors, props, and special effects to craft the perfect scene before the cameras start rolling. Places, people!
As soon as you hear “action,” the player switches roles to take control of film star Johnny Rush as he navigates a series of meticulously choreographed stunts. Whether it’s evading explosive trucks in a high-speed motorcycle chase, dodging asteroids in epic space battles, or outrunning a boulder chasing you down a treacherous cavern, Johnny Rush will meet his cartoonish yet spectacular demise time and time again until everything is picture perfect.
“AMC Games is always on the lookout for unique voices and innovative experiences, and It’s A Wrap! is a perfect example of that,” said Clayton Neuman, Vice President of Games & Franchise at AMC. “It’s as surprising as it is delightful, as head-scratching as it is thrilling. This game has something for everyone— whether your passion is 80s blockbusters, mind-bending puzzles, high-octane platformers, or Final Cut Pro.”
It’s a Wrap! is available now on Steam, GOG, and the Epic Game Store, with a Nintendo Switch release coming on August 31, 2023. Players can test out their filmmaking skills by playing a new demo on the showfloor at Gamescom this week, or downloading it from Steam. Stay informed and join the conversation about It’s a Wrap! on Discord or Twitter.