Forests aren't born evil, you know. Their dislike of heroes can usually be traced back to one traumatic event. In this case, it was the arrival of an evil necromancer, who brought the forest with him courtesy of a magic crystal. Naturally, it's up to you to stop both necromancer and forest in Evil Forest, an action RPG platform game from SeethingSwarm.
Use the [arrow] keys for movement, and [A], [S], and [D] for attack, jump, and action respectively. On each level, your goal is to clear out all the monsters, at which point a portal to the next stage appears. There's loot to collect along the way, and you'll need to make sure your character is suitably powerful because in a game with permadeath, you can't risk going up against more powerful foes.
Wait, permadeath? Well, this isn't your typical action RPG, as the game borrows some key elements from roguelikes. Each of the 50 stages is randomly generated, and yes, should your character be overwhelmed by an enemy, you'll be starting the whole game again. With a boss every 10 levels, and few ways to regain health, there are plenty of ways even a wary player might find his character running low on hp. On the plus side, the short, randomized levels mean replayability is rarely a chore, and with plenty of loot to find and nods to games such as Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac throughout the game there's often something new to see on a second attempt.
While merging so many genres seems like overkill, Evil Forest comes together nicely to make for an enjoyable experience. Alone, none of the mechanics stand out as spectacular, and movement especially feels sluggish early on. But the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and Evil Forest takes enough from each genre to appeal to fans without alienating players used to a different type of game. If you've ever wanted a faster paced roguelike, or hoped for an action RPG that favored skill and planning over grinding and unlimited respawns, Evil Forest is the perfect compromise.