This really is one of the better Pope murder simulators I've played. I've kind of been jonesing for a Pope to murder since the last guy and the new one is still not quite ripe enough for a fresh murdering yet so this'll do in the meantime. It's kind of like what I said regarding Receiver. It's fun and satisfying and all but really it just makes you want to murder a real Pope.
Now, I'm really loving this game so far and the soundtrack just kicks all sorts of ♥♥♥ and you can tell it does from the very first screen of the game. It's one of several ways that it's quite possibly even better than Super Meat Boy.
I'll wait for you to stop gasping for a moment. Okay, so let me expand on that since I know what I just said is heresy (hehe, see what I did there). Even though I love SMB and always will, ESJ has been compared to it often and from my personal experience thus far the comparison is favorable. SMB has its own share of kick ♥♥♥ tracks to be sure but this game is packed
with them. So much so that it's one of the few soundtracks I'm actually considering buying on Steam next to Rebirth's.
The gameplay is what it looks like, side scrolling platforming. Except it seems to have more variety by default than SMB by virtue of having an attack and enemies that can be killed. At one point it even turns into a bullet hell shooter for a little while. With suitably epic music and visuals. It's also pretty ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ difficult. Especially when the missiles start clustering up.
Now before I comment on the aesthetic let me just say I'm getting just as tired of the monochromatic foreground/background thing that started infesting the place once Limbo was discovered as much as the next guy. But here it's done better than the screenshots are giving it credit for. The foreground and background scenery are animate and colorful and even have this lil' beat to the music going on. With all the visual noise that can start you'll be thankful that the interactive foreground and character is always one predictable color. It's not like that "we decided to be lazy and call it minimalism" crap. It actually has its own style.