Cancelled Refuge bit.ly/cancelledrefuge
CancelledRefuge, the winning Ludum Dare 37 entry from Sinclair Strange, is a diminutive marvel. Styling his work as an old 8bit platformer, Strange plays a little loose with the competition’s ‘One Room’ theme to create an unexpectedly deep game.
CancelledRefuge actually offers up three rooms, but tackling any of them means repeating your journey from one side to the other over and over again. Each time you make it to the exit you score a ‘Loop’, and on the next run subtle changes will make things harder: enemies appear and increase in number, platforms get in the way, and environmental hazards crop up. You can take on these looping gauntlets with one of five characters, and the smart design plays familiarity and surprise off against each other to dazzling effect.