Playing as a slugcat that tries to find food for its family in an industrial and broken ecosystem environment is difficult enough with all the rain coming down, but there are other creatures that try the same and won’t stop from eating the cute protagonist. While the concept is dark, it’s not too far removed from an impending future if one takes into account how strange the weather has been for these past years. But even without the moral ambiguity, the game works as a tough platformer that mixes jumping, climbing, swimming, and stealth gameplay.
Over 1600 rooms in 12 regions sounds like a lot, and with predators behaving in ways that are often unpredictable as in real animal life, this is certainly no game for beginners, more for people who love classic titles like Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, although this pixel art affair looks and plays differently from the rather comic but tough-as-nails game. The 16-bit inspiration also shows in the fluid animations and detailed backgrounds, while the soundtrack adds to the foreboding atmosphere, something that few platformers can boast of.
The game has already been out on PC and PS4 for a few months, but it’s worth discussing, as missing out on it would do it a disservice among all the pixel art platformers appearing on digital platforms.
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