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.

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