Sylvie Lime

by Sylvie and Aria of Love ♥ Game.

It’s a new Slyvie platformer! Actually, this one’s already been out for a little while, but I was reminded to finally go and check it out thanks to its recent Nuovo nomination at the IGF!

In typical Sylvie fashion, it’s an untraditional-traditional platformer. Press the keys A through R to activate any of the many powers you’ll find across the game’s world, or press S through Z to become a lime.

I think the game is best experienced without being too over-explained – but I do recommend reading Andi McClure’s post about the game over on Cohost, which does a great job of talking about what’s cool about the game and why it’s so interesting from a design perspective.

[Download for Windows/Mac/Linux (itch.io)]

Émile et moi

by Philippe Grenon.

Write a poem by jumping between platforms containing the next word. A bit like Action Painting Pro, but for Poetry! Here’s one I made earlier:

Brazen and despair 
Shall the moaning air and dead 
Nobody shall sing 
Cities all blood 

I was able to retrieve this because the game is set up to automatically tweet poems created in it (though, that might just be for the version currently running at the PoetryGames exhibition here in London). Here’s another less successful attempt I made.

[Play online (French)] | [Play online (English)]

STEEP STEPS

by py4d.

STEEP STEPS is a multiplayer mountain climbing game. Use your ladder to climb up higher and higher, and cross dangerous gaps. But be careful – fall, and you go all the way back to square one!

So this is basically a bit like a well made Bennett Foddy esque frustration game, in Roblox. But what makes it really special is the same thing that makes all Roblox games special: it’s multiplayer! It’s not just you climbing the mountain with your little ladder, it’s all of you! And the game is completely neutral – you can help each other out, or you can hinder each other. You can triumph together, or you can fail together. Absolutely brilliant.

(one small tip: you can press Shift to activate shift lock, which makes ladder placement a lot easier)

[Play on Roblox (account signup required)]

(via Roblox Underrated Games, thanks!)