This one-man-made indie platformer sports an unusually sinister style for something so lo-fi. Whilst I couldn’t say I personally experienced any moments of profundity from its messages of doomy gibber and images of mutilation, I was impressed by just how much tone and dark atmosphere it’s possible to evoke from so few colours and pixels. The all-black backgrounds are affectingly unsettling, while some of the monsters remind me of the shadow beasts of Another World. Awkward combat controls (though I appreciate they’re intended to reflect the frail heroine’s unfamiliarity with weapons) and some frustrating level design mean it’s not yet the slick, Castlevaniaesque thing I suspect it hopes to be, but it’s chock full of agreeably strange and inventive imagery. There’s a walkthrough video below if you don’t fancy a spot of gothic jumping’n’shooting yourself….
Someone needs a hug. Though creator Amon26 observes over on the TIGsource forums that this kind of ‘ugly-work’ is something like catharsis for him, and we can expect something lighter from his future projects. In fact, he’s also got a prototype of the next one, Transparent Feint, doing the rounds, though I’ve not had a chance to fire that one up yet. Sounds like it includes spaceships rather than floating eyeballs and dogs of death, though.