Creaks, the brand new recreation from Machinarium and Chuchel developer Amanita Design, will likely be launched July 22 on Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, the studio announced Tuesday.

Amanita Design introduced Creaks to the world with a trailer greater than 18 months in the past, however the undertaking has been in growth for far longer — eight years, in accordance with lead designer Radim Jurda. The Czech studio is famend for puzzle-based journey video games with beautiful handcrafted worlds, and whereas Creaks follows in that custom, its management scheme represents a serious departure from the corporate’s historical past: The recreation blends Amanita’s puzzle journey DNA with some mild platforming parts, so as an alternative of counting on a point-and-click setup, you management its character instantly.

Creaks begins with a blond-haired man studying at his desk, and shortly unfolds into an eerie journey as the person explores the sprawling mansion that apparently lies beneath his residence (and the eponymous monsters — or are they merely furnishings? — inside). I’ve spent a while with a preview construct of Creaks, and it drew me in from the very starting with a powerful thriller hook (what’s going on on this large underground construction, and who’re these bird-people?) in addition to a creeping sense of dread (why is the constructing shaking and, properly, creaking?).

The creaks are intimidating and spooky with out being too scary, particularly since they flip into innocent furnishings as quickly as they get hit by a beam of sunshine. (Kids will seemingly discover this recreation enchanting and even amusing, so long as they’ll recover from the creepy ambiance.) The puzzles to this point are the correct quantity of inauspicious; typically, it’s really as a lot of a problem to execute on the platforming required to unravel a puzzle as it’s to determine the answer within the first place.

If this sounds engaging, you don’t even have to attend till subsequent week to play Creaks. The recreation debuted on Apple Arcade on Friday, July 10, so you may play it on an Apple system proper now so long as you subscribe to the service.