I Saw Her Across the World
krangGAMES' clever puzzle series is back for more! After love got a little bitey in I Saw Her Standing There and the seemingly doomed romance of I Saw Her Too, With Lasers, infatuation goes global in I Saw Her Across the World. You, well... sorry to break it to you, but you're a zombie... but maybe it's not so bad since the one you love is a zombie too. Using [WASD] and the [arrow] keys to move and jump, you're going on an adventure with your rotting beloved, trying to catch up to them as you chase them through each level. If you get stuck, you can hold down [H] to display a hint for your current stage. Unlike its predecessor, Across the World is a platformer, but also an adventure of sorts too, as you journey to different locations and the narrative unfolds. What's nice is at the start of the game, you're given the opportunity to customize how your character displays (which comes down to a choice of colour), but more importantly for some, the pronouns used to describe you and the person you love... there are typical male and female options, but there's also the ability to manually type in what you prefer if you want something other than the third "they/their/theirs" choice. It may seem minor to some of you, but to others, that's a huge deal and a welcome bit of inclusion not often seen in games. krangGAMES? Four for you, krangGAMES! You go krangGAMES!
I Saw Her Across the World is a bit of a surprise after the complex, clicky puzzles of I Saw Her Too, With Lasers. The return to basic platforming and puzzles makes the gameplay a bit simpler in places, but overall much smoother to handle without having to scramble to click icons within narrow winds of time. Though the movement is a little slow, which can make the portions of the game where you have to dodge quick enemies challenging, the sheer variety of environments and obstacles on display draws you forward, eager to explore what comes next. There's a sense of whimsy here missing from the other games, and the touches of humour go well with the general sweetness to the theme. Some players may lament the focus on jumping and timing here compared to the puzzles of the previous games, and some levels are fiddly enough that the one-hit KO and emphasis on reflexes can feel at odds with the light-hearted, sweet tone of the game. Despite that, however, I Saw Her Across the World is unexpectedly charming and offers a few surprises and gameplay twists as the game goes on that makes it well worth playing. There are a few different endings, unlockable cheats, and a whole lot of weird cuteness you typically don't expect from a game about brain-eating monsters, making this a fun, engaging little gem, where the option for the sort of diversity rarely seen in games is just the icing on the cake.
Thanks to Chris for sending this one in!