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Indie studio Betelgeuse Zero have created a potentially interesting 2D title in their game Orange Moon. A relatively basic premise that presents the player with a story set on a distant planet. You are tasked with exploring a strange, dark world while information is gradually fed to you by a mysterious character who appears to be the leader of whichever organisation sent you there. The world you find yourself traversing is littered with harmful plants, strange dangerous orbs and unfriendly machinery. As you manage your ammo, health and fuel while dodging these various dangers you must undertake tasks for the organisation. Orange Moon is certainly a decent concept, if a little basic, but in it’s current stage of Early Access there are a few things holding the game back.
Wuppo is an adorable game from Indie developer Knuist and Perzik offers the player a well constructed 2D platforming adventure. You are a Wum, a strange race of creatures on an equally strange planet and you are expelled from your home by the angry Wum that runs the Wum House for smearing ice cream all over the hallway for the last time. You are cast out into the wide world and left to fend for yourself as you try and find a way back into the Wum House. Your adventure brings you into contact with many different creatures, some more friendly than others, as well as various items you find along the way that will aid you in your travels.
Clustertruck is a rather unique title from Landfall games and offers the player a truly chaotic 3D platforming (or Truckforming) experience. Your objective is to get from one end of each level to the other via jumping from truck to truck and not hitting the ground. Easing you into a false sense of security with the first couple of levels the game quickly starts to pick up the pace with regards to the difficulty. A highly addictive experience, Clustertruck features no depth or meaning, but is an awful lot of fun.
Spectrum is a punishing title from Indie developer 3D Avenue that successfully leads the player into a false sense of security to begin with. If you’re a fan of aggressively sadistic 2D platformers such as Super Meat Boy, Electronic Super Joy, or Geometry Dash then Spectrum will be a game for you. If you’re not someone who enjoys intense pain and frustration then potentially stay away for the sake of your own health.
Black Hole Hazard is a title from the almost unknown developer Superthumb, and is an interesting one that certainly shows some potential. You play as Dr. Albert, a scientist who falls foul to a science experiment gone wrong and finds himself adrift in space within a strange sequence of puzzles. You have only a jet pack and a gun to navigate your way through the puzzles and to avoid the enemies and deadly traps.
Double Fine has certainly produced an interesting title here. Headlander is quite different to most of what’s available in the gaming industry currently and retains Double Fine's characteristic quirkiness that they had seemed to have lost in some of their more recent endeavors.