Maglev is an Unreal Development Kit / Unreal Editor 3 production, where players assume the role of Tobot, a recycle bot who utilizes his magnetic abilities to navigate through a massive starship to save his beloved toaster from the clutches of the villainous Che Robera. But it won’t be easy--Che has taken over the ship and populated it with a small army of lethal spike bots and a bevy of tesla coil traps. Tobot must use his wits and magnetic self-polarity to outthink Che and save the day.
The core gameplay mechanic in Maglev involves the player using Tobot’s magnetic field, which he can toggle between red and blue polarities, to navigate through the environment. Tobot can use this field to execute many different kinds of operations including attracting and repelling spike bots, levitating to startling heights by repelling off of magnetic surfaces, and zooming through fast-speed magnetic volumes.
Team Power On consists of 14 game developers including three artists, eight level designers, and three software programmers. The team completed Maglev in four months, focusing on a comedic narrative experience, sleek sci-fi visuals, and compelling magnet-based platforming.