Scrabble is the game of champions, you know. Not everyone can claim glorious victory by coming up with a word containing two of the most valuable letters in the alphabet. Thankfully, with the introduction of Vex, a platformer from Amazing Adam, we get both a fantastic running and jumping extravaganza and an easy way to introduce this three-letter 13-point bombshell into the world's collective vocabulary. No longer will those Vs wait for Vim! No longer will you simply use the X to make Ex! Vex offers you a chance to improve both your hand-eye coordination and your tile-board coordination. Move with the [WASD] or [arrow] keys. You've come to get down, so jump around with the [W] or [up] keys; your stickman has mad hops and is also able to walljump and grab ledges for that little extra boost. As for ground movement, once you've picked up some speed you can slide with the [S] or [down] keys.
You'll need all of this to avoid many of the nasty obstacles that will challenge you in Vex, such as spikes, smashing platforms and approximately ten thousand varieties of shuriken, all of which will kill you in one hit and send you back to a checkpoint flag. You can also swim in water when necessary. Your goal is to make it through various stages filled with traps that want nothing more than to see you dead. Unlike many similar platformers, Vex's goal isn't to frustrate the player. Checkpoints are liberally scattered throughout the levels, typically ensuring that you won't have to repeat tasks if you die (and you will.) Dying costs you valuable time that will cut down on your ranking, though, so a real master will the most efficient way through each stage. Regardless, with a little patience and focus, anyone can get through Vex... and once they do, it's off to the Level Editor to see if you can throw together a stage to stump the world! Perhaps one day custom Vex levels will overtake Scrabble as the game of champions.