This unusual 2D platformer tackles the topic of mental illness in a unique way, illustrating the struggle of the game’s manically-depressed protagonist, Harm, with beautifully hand-painted graphics and brutally difficult gameplay.
The dark plot sees Harm attempt to escape his suffering with the help of a magical door in his apartment. Through this, he flies off into another world where his objective is to restore power to the mysterious Origin Gate. The story is primarily told using visual metaphors and vague narrative, leaving the exact meaning and significance of events largely up to each individual player’s interpretation. The exquisite visuals add immensely to the game’s minimal yet moving narrative, and you’ll find yourself rooting for Harm’s victory over his inner demons.
Gameplay involves clinging to said magical door for dear life as you zip around levels teaming with obstacles. As well as dodging moving projectiles, you’ll navigate your way safely across the environment by squeezing through tiny areas and soaring around sections of scenery. The door can only move upwards, so you must master the use of gravity to emerge unscathed. 1 Collide with anything and you’re transported back to the last safe block you landed on. Further challenge is added by a counter that shows your door’s vibrancy level. When this is depleted you start from scratch. 2
While it offers enjoyable and challenging platforming with a delightful visual style, the overall experience is hampered by the frustration at having to repeatedly redo the same gruelling sections. Anne-Marie Coyle
FOOTNOTES1 Holddown q to gradually start rising, and let go of it to rapidly descend. 2 The taxing timed element results in a pounding pulse and two very sweaty palms.
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