Try to understand how a 4D game works in Miegakure’s new video

4D grass? Seeing inside trees?! These are a couple of the features of Miegakure that its creator Marc Ten Bosch explains in his latest blog post. Features that I’m sure I still don’t fully understand despite writing about this game for a number of years now. Every time I think I’ve understood Miegakure and its 4D puzzles I realize that I probably don’t. That’s not dirt being flung at Bosch and his game in any way. On the contrary, as he demonstrates in that new blog post, he’s actually become proficient at explaining the concepts that drive the game he’s…

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Marc ten Bosch and the mathematical mysteries of his 4D videogame

This article is part of Issue 8.5, a digital zine available to Kill Screen’s print subscribers. Read more about it here and get a copy yourself by subscribing to our soon-to-be-relaunched print magazine. /// The mantis shrimp is said to have the most complex eyes in all of the animal kingdom (including humans). These ancient crustaceans can move their segmented eyes independently and each is capable of depth perception all on its own. Additionally, the mantis shrimp’s eyes contain more than five times the number of color receptors as the human eye, meaning they can see colors that are imperceptible…


Exploring the mind-bending science of 4D in Miegakure

Videogames have always existed as multidimensional. Whether we were bouncing a ball from side-to-side in the perpetually flat, 2D Pong (1972), or playing as fully-realized 3D people, queueing up to learn how to shoot one another. It has always been us: 3D humans, observing multi-dimensional projections from a 2D screen. In a recent development update from Marc ten Bosch’s highly-anticipated puzzle game Miegakure, Bosch speaks of the science behind his foray into the unknown dimension of 4D. In Miegakure, the player bends reality in order to solve puzzles. In the developer’s scientific-based vlog update on the game, Bosch said, “What you…


Miegakure will soon introduce us to 4D in 140 mind-boggling steps

There’s an aesthetic principle applied in a certain style of Japanese gardening meant to conceal or hide aspects of a landscape from any given angle, so that visitors must walk through the garden to experience it in its entirety. It’s an aesthetic decision that turns observers into participants. Guests in the garden must physically move through its space to admire all the different elements at work; a fence obscuring a fountain, a temple behind a hill, a patch of flowers nestled beyond a dense grove of bamboo. During the course of a traversal, things once hidden come into view. Secrets…


Miegakure lets you touch the actual 4th dimension, creator says

As far as dimensions go, the 4th dimension is pretty impossible to understand. That’s because you can’t perceive or really even conceive it. But according to Miegakure creator Marc Ten Bosch, his metaphysical puzzler inspired by Japanese gardening allows the 4th dimension to be made real.  Over at The Creator’s Project, in probably the most fascinating interview with a game dev ever, he gets all esoteric about math and explains how the dimension-shifting in his game is based on mathematical concepts, which are actual proof that the 4th dimension does exist. He says: Does a fourth dimension of space actually…