Once in Space
A space-faring puzzle platformer from Arvi Teikari (Hempuli) that leaps out of your hard drive and onto your browser in Once in Space. Originally only available as a download way back in 2007, the game is now available to play online with a shiny new design to boot. As a monitor-headed little astro-bot, use the [arrow] keys to run and jump around levels collecting yellow stars before proceeding to the exit flag. It's not just as simple as running up and rubbing your grubby mitts all over a star, however; you need to be oriented properly first (an arrow on the star will show you which way), and to do so you have to run over red corners on the edges of platforms, which rotates the screen. Blue stars are optional, though trickier to get, and to nab them you'll need to learn how to really manipulate your environment, such as the trundling red creatures that can give you a boost if you jump on them, or the waves of gravity that can carry you along. Don't worry about falling off; you'll just be zipped right back to the start of the level without losing any progress.
Once in Space is one of those games you can really take your time with and enjoy. The levels can be challenging, but the generous approach to respawning significantly cuts down on the frustration, letting you putter around and figure things out at your own pace. It makes it the sort of puzzle game you can let yourself relax while you play, which is good since the soundtrack provided by Nifflas is doing an excellent job at tenderly massaging your brain while you play. The updated design looks fantastic while still paying homage to the original sketchy style, and despite some overly sensitive red corners the gameplay is remarkably low on annoyances. Once in Space isn't easy, but a smooth difficulty curve will help you dip your toes in the pool (the space pool!) while the variety to the level design keeps things fresh and interesting throughout. So strap on your shiny silver jumpsuit, smash that computer monitor over your head, and hurl yourself into the wild black yonder... you've got some stars to grab!