Escape Goat & PixelJunk Eden
These two games can in the same Indie Royale bundle I picked up a while ago so I thought I’d give them a try this weekend.
Escape Goat by MagicalTimeBeam is a very retro style game, almost to it’s detriment. Â You play as a goat that has been imprisoned for witchcraft (must be in Nigeria) and you must escape by solving puzzles. Â There are virtually no graphics options, just “stretch to fit” and the pixel art is more pixely than usual. Â That said the game has some really interesting puzzle and the dynamic of having a helper mouse that can walk along walls and trigger switches for you and later you can swap places with it. Â While I was finished in just over 4 hours it is still worthwhile to play if you get a chance (perhaps even more so because of it’s brevity). Â I really liked the levels that give you time to think about your solution but not the few that require you to act from the start or else you lose. Â Luckily there wasn’t very many of those and I got past them and have some fun levelsÂ afterwards.
Pros: Interesting platforming mechanic, responsive controls, quick levels give you a sense of accomplishment
Cons: Graphically quite limited, some levels require exact timing
PixelJunk Eden by Q Games is a stylish platformer of sorts. Â You play as a little [something] which can jump and swing on plants that grow in the environment. Â You must destroy these [symbols?] that float around in order to fill the seeds of the plants, and eventually collect the [crowns?] to complete the levels. Â It’s a really hard game to explain because there isn’t really a plot just a few mechanics that allow you to traverse and change the environment. Â Interestingly the main menu where you pick which level to play is basically the game (minus the collecting) and it’s really hard to navigate to find a level you want. Â I actually began to get tired of the game after a few hours, though I continued to play it for 11 hours and finish the main game (I have no interest in playing through the “bonus” content). Â The problem is that the game can be quite frustrating in how it controls and how unresponsive it can be to what you want to do. Â Add onto that all the environmental conditions that increase each level and the constant need to keep moving because your life bar constantly runs down and must be refilled with [symbols] which don’t respawn unless you leave a level and it is not as relaxing as I thought it would be when I started. Â Ultimately I probably have a worse opinion because I soldiered through and finished it rather than just quitting early. Â I probably will not buy another PixelJunk game based solely on this experience.
Pros: Stylish graphics
Cons: Unresponsive controls, everything else