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PAX East 2013: Telekinesis Kyle Hands-On Impressions

Posted on March 26, 2013 AT 09:25am

With the abundance of iOS and mobile games on the show floor at PAX East, on standout I was lucking enough to get some hands on time with was Vellum Interactive’s Telekinesis Kyle. In this touchscreen iOS puzzler, players take control of Kyle, an awkward teenager blessed with telekinetic powers and cursed with the life of a test subject trapped in a secret government facility. The extent of Kyle’s powers is greatly overshadowed by his sullen demeanor which clearly manifests itself in Kyles bowed head and sulking body language.

My hands on time with Telekinesis Kyle started with Kyle trapped in a room containing two deep spike-filled pits. I held my finger on the right side of the screen and Kyle shuffled slowly across the level. The first gap was relatively small and Kyle jumped clearly across it automatically once he reached the edge. The next pit was substantially wider and Kyle stopped in his tracks instead of attempting to make a jump he was not able clear. Across the room I spied a small wooden box and used Kyle’s telepathy to levitate it halfway across the otherwise unpassable gap. Kyle’s powers are limited by weight, so a couple of wooden crates a no trouble for Kyle to keep afloat while lifting his own body weight is well past Kyle’s capabilities. With the wooden crate floating in the perfect location I once again placed my finger on the right side of the screen and watched as Kyle jump on the crate and then to the other side of the gap. The level exit brought about a short loading screen followed by another testing chamber.

The next four testing chambers brought about progressively more difficult challenges as I directed Kyle to lift steel crates, block beams of electricity, and activate pressure switches with any boxes I found within the level. I was only met with failure when I attempted to over exert Kyle’s telekinetic abilities and found the overall experience challenging but fair.

Telekinesis Kyle will be available this spring for Android and iOS devices. For more information be sure to visit

James is a complete gaming geek that moonlights as a guitar player for local Miami rock band phoenix/NEBULIN. When he's not rocking out onstage he can be found on PSN and Xbox Live as Anxiety83. You can also follow James on Twitter @anxiety83

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