Checkpoint is a quick-fire arcade platform game that's as much about avoiding things that make you die as it is getting killed. Created by Hero Interactive (Bubble Tanks, Storm Winds), Checkpoint goes the extra mile and taunts you with running commentary on each level, reminding you why you're a terrible gamer, questioning your every move, and laughing at you when you fail. On top of that, you're being timed and your deaths are tallied, so if your ego isn't crushed by Hero Interactive throughout the course of the game, just wait for your pitiful final score at the end!
Use the [WASD] keys to move, tapping [W] to jump and [S] to crouch. You can jump off of walls as well as slide along the floor, performing smooth acrobatics just like the classic browser game N. Those moves won't make things any easier, though, as this is a game about speed and stepping on your own dead body to reach that coveted checkpoint!
All you have to do in each of stage is make it to the glowing checkpoint at the end. Usually there's a door blocking your way, forcing you to climb around to reach a key. Standing in your way are dragons, snakes, spikes, sawblades, and all manner of dangerous things that will make your bescarved self bite the dust faster than you can say "I have a scarf!" Deaths are tallied, but don't let that discourage you, as sometimes you need to die in order to proceed.
Giving running commentary the whole time are lines of text at the top of the screen. Generally, the words of "encouragement" are less encouraging and more taunting in nature. Sometimes, though, you'll receive a hint or two about how to progress. One such example is using your own dead body as a platform to cross dangerous spikes, or even using your corpse to hold down buttons so you can pass. Even though it hurts, pay attention. And try not to let your feelings get hurt.
Checkpoint gets really creative with its level design later on, introducing more and more ways to kill yourself and use your own death as a means to progress. The difficulty is higher than most casual browser games, though not so impossible that you won't be able to complete it in one short sitting. If the punishing sting of character death is your thing, Checkpoint is a rather epic arcade game that never lets up on the action!