TumbleSeed is a game where you guide your character forward on a seesaw-esque swing on a journey to scale a hazardous mountain. We play the first twenty minutes in this Kotaku Plays.

TumbleSeed has two sides. On the one hand, it offers a friendly world of cute monster pals and relaxing music. On the other, it gives you tricky explorations. To move, you tilt a small seesaw-like contraption to slide across the screen. It’s both intuitive and difficult to gain a grasp of. As a core mechanic, the idea is really cool and makes a lot of sense; getting your muscles to obey is another thing altogether.

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There’s some charming stuff to be had here though. Random hazards keep your on your toes and the mood is remarkably subdued. I’m eager to sit down and play more. I just imagine it will take a while for me to stop tilting and tumbling all over.