One of Maddy Thorson's earlier freeware games. On paper, there's nothing truly exceptional about this game. It's just a very formulaic metroidvania platformer with a very simple presentation. I guess that's what I admire about it though. It's JUST the fundamentals but fairly polished. There's a lot of optional challenge and plenty of secrets to find, making for a fun time waster. One of the only metroidvanias I've ever finished, tbh.

When I first saw the trailer for Celeste, before even seeing who was making it, I KNEW it was a game from Maddy just by seeing the way the player character was moving, and how the level design looked. Even back in the mid 00's, Maddy was making the good shit.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2022