When death comes as quickly as it does in this fat farmboy murder circus simulator, you want to be one furious button away from a whip-crack restart. Penarium delivers that rapid replay. It’s a simple, single screen survival platformer: you just have to collect barrels, while everchanging but predictable traps bombard your body. The short breathing space that rewards you on every fifth barrel is both a relief and a fatal distraction. The best thing about
Penarium, which suffers mainly from a short campaign? It feels like a game I could have made myself. And that’s the closest I’ll ever get to making a game, so I’ll take it as a compliment, even if no one actually intended one.
Rudimentary as hell, but effective.