Are you able to restore order to Hell? That’s the huge query introduced to you as you start Extra Darkish, a pixelated retro puzzle platformer that’s not solely simple to select up however at occasions surprisingly difficult alongside the best way.
Developed by HugePixel and revealed by Ratalaika Video games, Extra Darkish has you in management as a devilish minion who should collect up all of the escaped prisoners of damnation after the Lord of the Different World (for some purpose) leaves for a sudden trip. In his place, the large dangerous Lord’s daughter, Evilina, has solely allowed the chaos to ensue, so it’s as much as you to redeem the underworld. Sounds easy sufficient, but all through the sport’s 60 ranges, you’re certain to die repeatedly as you run into varied obstacles and difficult puzzles.
The aim in virtually all of the Extra Darkish ranges is to clear the world by leaping on prime of each escaped damned soul, which then permits for a gate to open to progress. Even when you defeat every escaped prisoner to open the exit gate, the pathway to mentioned opened gate is typically a puzzle itself. Other than the prisoners, there are movable crates, various loss of life spikes, and lifeless ends to take care of when plotting your method to the exit. The primary few ranges are simple sufficient to information you thru the easy mechanics while setting you up for what lies forward. The aforementioned crates additionally play an enormous half in how you’ll attain the exit, as you will have to fastidiously push them into place to realize entry to larger floor. That is the place the considering comes into play when looking for one of the best ways to create an exit route. Whereas leaping on/capturing escaped Different World prisoners doesn’t have a lot apparent depth, the tinkering with crates provides to the entire puzzle field’s enjoyable.
As you progress by means of each fiery, gloomy gap, you’ll finally achieve entry to completely different talents akin to bombs, inexperienced balls of goo that can be utilized to leap larger, and the ability to reverse your personal gravity. Whereas transferring containers within the early ranges has a few of its personal difficult puzzle fixing when it comes to platforming, it’s when these new talents are launched that up the ante of every degree. Within the case of bombs, you will notice a number of bombable blocks pop up that can have to be cleared to achieve both a prisoner or an exit.
The catch is that these bombable blocks can solely be blown up if positioned on prime of them. This solely provides to the considering you have to do to get by means of every degree. The identical goes with the platforming on the inexperienced balls of goo. One factor that I encountered all through every degree is that platforming will be fairly spotty in sections. Many moments occurred the place a straightforward leap appeared potential just for the button response to not register appropriately. It’s not a game-breaker, however it’s an annoyance that induced me to repeat some simple ranges to the purpose of seething frustration.
Nevertheless, what occurs once you get stumped or cleared a pathway that finally leads you to a dead-end? Nicely, simply blow your self up. No, actually, that’s mainly what you have to do. When confronted with a state of affairs the place you tousled within the puzzle, press X, and BOOM! You begin again at the start of the extent. Nothing too exhausting to elucidate, however I did discover the button placement between every means on the loss of life button resulted in a number of unintended inputs. Very similar to with missed jumps main right into a small pit of spikes, these unintended inputs solely added to brief bits of annoyance. In any other case, when you clear one degree after one other, all of those talents you achieve add extra to the problem. By no means as soon as did I really feel a puzzle set-up was unfair.
One factor I did want was expanded upon can be the non-puzzle platform segments that broke up giant chunks of ranges. These can be within the type of a Breakout or a House Invaders-esque minigame. Whereas some may assume these segments are misplaced, they have been a pleasant breather from the fixed tinkering of pushing crates and inserting bombs in a most well-liked method. Other than the minigames, although, there are a number of boss battles, however they’re nothing too particular—no actual technique inside these bouts apart from leaping on their head and keep away from oncoming projectiles.
Whereas your journey into the depths of Extra Darkish may be a short one, the sport’s 60 ranges and the platforming puzzles inside do supply a satisfying time. It definitely isn’t something new within the mildew of retro-style platformers, however there may be sufficient right here to make it worthwhile regardless of some small annoyances that pop up. Total, Extra Darkish is a neat however brief distraction that’s not overly tough even because the puzzles change into barely extra difficult.