YAWWN! It's a brand new day, time to go out exploring! Level Up! is an RPG-like platformer by Nifty Hat all about exploring the world and discovering your past. In an odd world where the Squarians and Roundians are in a constant and bitter battle, your goal is to collect gems and exchange them for tools to help you restore your memory.
As the game opens, you find a strange boy who seems to have crashed through the fence outside your home. If you bring him gems, he may be able to help you in your quest. By using the [arrow] keys to move and [X] to jump, you can explore the area around your home, but not very quickly, at first. As you play, your skills level up in many different categories, including running, jumping, healing, sleeping, and even taking damage. You can also use your gems to purchase skills from the Squarians and Roundians, but act quickly, because nightfall comes quickly...
YAWWN! It's a brand new day, time to go out exploring! Level Up! is an RPG-like platformer by Nifty Hat all about exploring the world and discovering your past. In an odd world where the Squarians and Roundians are in a constant and bitter battle, your goal is to collect gems and exchange them for tools to help you res— wait, what's going on here?
Analysis: On its surface, Level Up! might look like just another pixel-laden platformer with characters that break the fourth wall to give you instructions every once in a while. But if you play through a full day or two, you realize that the plot line does go a lot deeper. Who is this mysterious boy, and why does your memory consistently vanish from day to day?
As of the time of the writing of this article, there are still a couple of bugs that still need ironing out. One such bug occurred when (oh, how to say this without spoilers...) I returned to a certain finishing point in the game after completing the game, but without having achieved full marks in the game... That's the best I can give you with out spoiling too much. Suffice it to say that it's a bug that happens after you beat the main portion of the game. Luckily, the developers are still working on fixing the kinks in the game, so it may be fixed by the time you read this.
Unfortunately, one definite non-bug is the main character's movement as though she were on ice. With a bit of practice (and a lot of leveling up), this problem can be reduced (although not eliminated). But if you're willing to let a few tiny flaws slide by (heh), Level Up! is a fun platformer with a plot that can suck you in pretty quickly.