Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.
Have you played P.B. Winterbottom? It’s a time-bending puzzle platformer wherein you play a chubby pie thief desperate to indulge his love for pastry via the tempting pies strewn around each level.
In order to do so you spend your time recording versions of Winterbottom which you can then manipulate in order to reach said pies. Jumping atop their hats to reach high ledges is one of the simplest ways of doing so but there’s a whole bunch of more inventive puzzle-solving involving punting your clones about with your umbrella, strategically deleting them, carrying out actions on a different level so they can be looped elsewhere after you activate a lift switch…
And that’s to say nothing of the art style – it’s presented in the manner of a silent black and white movie with jaunty piano music playing over the top.
Tonally excellent and with fantastically crafted puzzles is how I would describe P.B. Winterbottom. I think I’m going to huddle up with it again over Christmas.