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Penny's Big Breakaway

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: Private Division
Developer: Evening Star
Release Date: 2024

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'Penny’s Big Breakaway' Is A Platformer From Sonic Mania Devs, Coming To Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X|S And PC In 2024 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 21, 2023 @ 10:39 a.m. PDT

Prepare yourself for a stylized, colorful adventure in which you play Penny, the ‘yo-tagonist’ who will have to escape an endless, bumbling penguin army as you swing, dash, flip, zip, and trick your way through a variety of challenging levels.

In Penny’s Big Breakaway, you play as Penny, an aspiring court performer who is on the run after her yo-yo created quite the commotion during her audition at the royal palace. In response, Eddie the Emperor commands his loyal penguin forces to capture Penny and her stringed companion, Yo-Yo. The chase is then on, and it is up to you to help our hero escape capture over the course of 12 vibrant, geometric worlds!

Built on Evening Star’s proprietary own Star Engine, Penny’s Big Breakaway provides non-stop action as you try to escape the impending penguin horde in each level. These waddling, avian adversaries will burst from walls, rush over cliffs, and attempt to dogpile you in an attempt to stop your progress at every turn. But don’t fret-- Penny is an agile and acrobatic aerialist. You will jump, spin, and ride over a variety of brightly coloured and complex terrain, featuring steep ramps, sharp ledges, massive cliffs, and more. Each obstacle is an opportunity to increase your speed and gain a bit of breathing room from those flightless assailants in hot pursuit. Be sure to keep up your momentum while playing, because in addition to Story Mode, Penny’s Big Breakaway also includes a Time Attack Mode, where you can try and achieve the perfect run and set high scores on the leaderboard for the world to see.

Penny isn’t the only star of this show: her trusty partner Yo-Yo, while largely to blame for causing this chase, provides plenty of abilities to assist in your getaway. Throughout the game, you can find tasty treats which her yo-yo can snack on. When consumed, these delicious items will temporarily unlock new power ups such as increased movement speed, a protective shield, and more. In addition to powerups, Penny’s yo-yo can pick up a variety of single-use tools, which can be used to bust down an area revealing secret treasure or magnetically pull in collectibles just outside Penny’s reach. Her versatile yo-yo might be hungry for chaos, but it could also be just the trick to clear her name and absolve her of this massive mix-up.

Ready. Set. YO!

"At Evening Star, we have a deep passion for expressive, character-driven games that focus on a concise and satisfying move-set. For our debut title, we challenged ourselves to bring that approach into not only a new IP, but to an entire 3D world," said Christian Whitehead, Creative Director at Evening Star. "Penny's Big Breakaway has been a wonderful opportunity for our team to grow creatively and technically as a studio, and we can't wait for players to perform plenty of slick tricks with Penny and Yo-Yo!"

“Evening Star are experts in the platforming genre, having been entrusted with an iconic gaming franchise, and delivered one of the best platforming experiences in recent years,” said Michael Worosz, Chief Strategy Officer, Take-Two Interactive, and Head of Private Division. “Penny’s Big Breakaway is an exciting debut title that brings an all-new protagonist to life in a memorable world, and it has an enormous opportunity to be a smashing success due to its broad appeal.”

Key Features: 

  • Walk the Dog: Yo-Yo’s big appetite will earn an even bigger reward with snack power-ups! Use these tasty treats to temporarily transform Yo-Yo, granting it the abilities to improve movement speed, protect Penny from harm, and much more!
  • Around the World: Flee from Eddie the Emperor’s massive penguin army as they chase you clear across the planet! These clumsy flightless birds patrol the halls, come bursting through walls, and will stop at nothing to seize you! Help out friendly denizens along the way and make use of your spectacular surroundings to evade your capturers. 
  • Encore Stage: Play your way with multiple game modes! Show off your skills as you chain awesome combos and rack up multipliers in Story Mode. Take on the ultimate speedrunning challenge and dominate the leaderboard in Time Attack Mode. Redeem coins for bonus items, secret stages, and more unlockable extras.

Penny’s Big Breakaway is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC in 2024.

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