Niche Games Spotlight – Ruffy and the Riverside

Ruffy and the Riverside

Ruffy and the Riverside is an upcoming platformer where players can swap the material things are made out of to solve puzzles and fight enemies.

Mascot platformers are making a comeback with creative new characters like Ruffy. Ruffy and the Riverside stands out with its 2D characters in a 3D world and we a glimpse of a hip-hop style soundtrack that gives some Toejam and Earl vibes.

You can check out the trailer below (the totally cool song kicks in around 0:58):

Unique Gameplay – Copy and Paste the world! You are Ruffy, the Chosen One. And you have the SWAP! With the SWAP, you can change the game world! Use the SWAP to turn ice into lava or to transform a waterfall into a climbing vine. With the SWAP you can overcome any obstacle and solve any puzzle: You need a boat? Swap a stone to wood and it floats like a raft. A stone wall blocking your way? Swap it to wood and turn it into rubble – the way is clear! You want to sneak into the farm in the dark? Swap the sun to the moon and night falls! The flying fish won’t leave you alone? Swap them to stone and make them crash. The SWAP just feels magical! There’s really nothing cooler than SWAPPING your wishes into the world! Hey, and best of all, the SWAP is super easy – it works just as easy as Copy&Paste. Grab a texture and throw it onto an object and watch the magic: The texture will change the object. Copy&Paste in the real world! Isn’t that amazing? Like we said, the SWAP is magic, but use it wisely, young Chosen One!

Ruffy and the Riverside is coming to PC (via Steam) and Nintendo Switch “whenever it’s ready”.


A basement-dwelling ogre, Brandon's a fan of indie games and slice of life anime. Has too many games and not enough time.

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