A cheap little platformer, this might be one of the smallest games on Steam. I imagine anyone buying it just wanted it because it was cheap and looked cute.
How wrong you are.
Something about the princess being taken is written on the store page. You won't really see much story once in the game, except for the ending.
Cute graphics here, they are what drew me in to purchasing this game. Little did I know that would soon change to a nightmarish landscape rather quickly. While they are rather basic and obviously inspired by classic games, they still look nice.
The isn't a lot of music in the game, but it fits the setting. Simple sound effects that do the job as well. Not really much to say about them.
As the controls are rather simple, they work well on keyboard, but gamepads also have support if you prefer those. Movement, jumping, the Eversion ability (which shall be detailed below) and a pause button. You could play this with a NES clone controller if you own one.
Run, jump, bounce off enemy heads, collect the gems and reach the end of the level. Sounds like any NES era platformer game, right? Well, since the game opens up with a Lovecraft quote, there is obviously going to be something creepy lurking in the shadows. And that is where the Eversion ability comes in. In each level, there are locations where the walls between realities are weak. If you can find them, you can shift to another reality, often darker than the one you were already in. This will have an effect on both the landscape and enemies. That bush will wither and die, only to be replaced by deadly vines. Enemies may lose the will to live, just standing there for you to end its life, or it may get faster and more dangerous. Switching realities is needed to get all the gems through the levels, and sometimes even to progress forward through what would otherwise block movement.
This game is short. Including the final level which requires you to find all the gems, you are unlikely to spend more than an hour or two doing the main game, including the different endings. Once you have seen the true ending, you do unlock a time attack mode with leader boards, which can add to the time spent on the game. There is also a level editor available, though I haven't played around with any of the community content myself.
While not a bad game, the short game length alone is a good enough reason to only get on sale or with a Steam discount coupon.
6 / 10