Number one vote for one of the most precise and beautiful games I have ever played. A Walk in the Dark is an amalgam of puzzle, platformer and speedrun, rolled into a gorgeously crafted game. In A Walk in the Dark you play 2 roles, a girl who is enamoured by her cat, and a cat that's enamoured by said girl. The storyline is pretty brief, the girl and cat are separated, and the two partake in finding each other. It's actually kinda heart wrenching to me personally as a lover of animals and the bond between what could ultimately be your best friend is understood by both the game and the player, it shows, and it's executed very well.
So let's talk about the meat of the game. I do prefer the cat levels so we'll start with them, there are two modes of play for the cat, platforming and speedrunning. Speedrunning has you on an auto-scroll chase to the end of the level, whilst avoiding obstacles by jumping from floor to ceiling, almost like flipping the gravity, similar to the popular indie game VVVVVV. The platforming levels will have you navigating some perfectly designed levels with the tightest controls you will ever use. The cat can control his jump height, his speed and can wallkick.
The girls levels are platform based, and the mechanics involved are very very similar to VVVVVV, albeit with a bit more inertia to make things difficult. The girls levels have sort of a floaty charm to it, separating it from VVVVVV.
The hook here for me is the wonderful aesthetics. The art style is so good, almost boasting a Limbo-esque feel with some wonderfully scrolling backgrounds, coupled with an ambient vibe soundtrack with lashings of deep piano. A Walk in the Dark is not easy, I think I actually now hate cats, and girls that float. The engine is so well designed and so precise it will have you on your knees, begging for something easier.
I jumped into A Walk in the Dark expecting some kind of cinematic platformer, as the inspirations from Limbo are apparent, at least graphically. What I got was a well designed, precise and gorgeous little platformer/puzzle game that has taken the very best from games like Limbo and VVVVVV, turned into something a bit more thought provoking. A game for fans of the genre, a game for anyone who likes being dominated by difficulty, cat-lovers and indie gamers alike. A Walk in the Dark is awesome and brilliant, one of the best indie games I've played. Very much recommended.
Posted: December 20th, 2013