Do you remember Exile? Created by Peter Irvin and Jeremy 'Thrust' Smith, it's the game that I was playing while the rest of the world was on a Metroid binge. Environmental Station Alpha is an exquisite power-up and platform game that reminds me of those happy days of yore. It uses its pixel art style to delicious effect, with particle effects a-plenty and brilliantly bizarre creature designs. A demo is available right now and it's as good an example of its type as I've played for a good while.
There's a grappling hook and the first upgrade you find allows you to double jump. What more could you want? Clever traps and room layouts? Check. Lovely flora and fauna? Check. Varied bosses? Possibly. They certainly look decent in the video. Environmental Station Alpha is splendid.
Due out later this year, Environmental Station Alpha is seeking votes on Steam Greenlight.