Black Square Studio's lovely but unsettling little platforming puzzle adventure game Nelly may look sweet and unassuming, but if you've spent any time around indie games at all in the last several years you should know to approach any title featuring an adorable child as a protagonist with the grim knowledge that things are about to get all dark and meaningful and depressing and whatnot. It's a law or something... but maybe this time will be different. Little Nelly can't sleep one night, and when she ends up following a glowing butterfly into the woods outside her house one night, she ends up stumbling into a whole other world. There, she finds that not every fairytale has a happy ending, and the forest has teeth. And spikes. And claws. And crushing blocks. Gretel would probably tell Nelly, "I know that feel, bro".
Use the [arrow] keys to move, the [spacebar] to interact, and the appropriate letter key (such as [A] or [S]) to trigger your special abilities as they become available. A single hit from an environmental hazard or particularly munchy forest beast will take Nelly out, but since the game is so liberal with its checkpoints you likely won't encounter any huge setbacks even if you do bite the dust. Which, like as not, will be more due to mistiming a jump. The environments are gorgeous, with the perfectly chosen soundtrack only adding to the fairy-tale-gone-wrong atmosphere, and it feels like it all lasts just long enough for you to give a satisfied sigh of completion when you're done. It's a little weird with its mildly inconsistent tone of d'awwww to WAUGH, but it's also a little lovely, and well worth the ten minutes or so it'll take you to see Nelly through the thick of it.