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The End Is Nigh is upon us

The End Is Nigh [official site], the murderous new platformer from the co-creator of Super Meat Boy and the creator of Closure, is now out. It’s a bit Super Meaty, a bit Gishy, and definitely a bit of a git. As you might expect, it’s a game with a whole lot of being killed by spikes, traps, fluids, autoguns, monsters, and all that platforming rabble. If the summer heat is getting to you, perhaps consider playing this as tearing your hair out will surely help cool your dome.

The End Is Nigh is a super-tough platformer set in the distant near-dead future, where a lad named Ash is to make a friend. Well, build a friend. It roams across interconnected discrete screens, keeping your position between screens for tricky cross-screen platforming at times. And… you’ll die a lot? That’s the general idea. Try to platform; die; try to platform better; die again; try try try again until that blobboy succeeds.

It does seem to have a bit more trial and error than, say, Super Meat Boy, which had all elements clearly visible so you could read a whole level before moving. But it’s not Super Meat Boy, yeah?

The End Is Nigh is £10.99/14,99€/$14.99 on Steam. It’s a collaboration between Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy, Gish, Time Fcuk, The Binding of Isaac, etc.) and Tyler Glaiel (Closure, Bombernauts), with that Rich Evans out Red Letter Media voicing Ash.

This is a different game to Øuroboros, another platformer the pair had been working on. McMillen has said that they’ll likely release that eventually, but don’t hold your breath waiting for it. I mean, you’re free to hold your breath as unconscious reflexes will kick in and resume your breathing even if you pass out, but the wait might be long (possibly endless, going by other games McMillen put on hold) and you could give yourself a lot of nasty bumps as you fall unconscious over and over.

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