The Sun for the Vampire
I don't know about you, but where I am right now, the heat of the summer sun is enough to make a gal go nocturnal. The sky is always bluer on the other side of the Earth's rotation, though, and for one little vampire, all he wants in undeath is to be able to see the legendary sun. And in Eyesteam's The Sun for the Vampire, he's prepared to brave a dangerous castle full of guards, traps, obligatory box-pushing puzzles, and other platformer elements to find the secret that will let a vampire step into the light. Inside the castle, there are keys he must collect to unlock the doors that lead deeper inside. He can run left and right with the [arrow] keys, and he'll automatically start gliding with his cape if he happens to walk off an edge. But what about going upwards? Rather than jumping, you'll be flapping and flying through the dark and spooky castle, combining on-foot puzzle-solving segments with tricky, batty sections where you'll be dodging traps in the air. What first seems like a fairly ordinary puzzle-platformer experience suddenly becomes a tight test of skill, precision, and timing as you must deftly navigate the castle in bat form while solving puzzles and defeating enemies on foot.
While this game does feature puzzles, they tend to be fairly simple and are rarely difficult. Only one or two levels have puzzles that might cause you to restart the stage, and even then, it's usually just a matter of doing a few basic tasks in a slightly different order. The bat form, and all the tricky flying that comes with it, is the real star of the show here. Some of the puzzle solutions are even centered around making your flight to the exit harder! The game begins somewhat slowly, but once bat form becomes more important, the game becomes a showcase of devious obstacle courses that will try your flying skills to their limit. It must be said that even learning to control the bat well is a challenge all its own. It has a strong sense of momentum and gravity, not unlike in Flappy Bird or one of its copycats. Short, quick taps will serve you well. But once you learn its intricacies, you'll find it's surprisingly maneuverable and capable. Much like learning how to steer a car, it's all about knowing how to work with your velocity instead of against it. When you've got that down, you can carefully flip-flap your way through anything... though the game does include a few sections that are much easier with the default glide! Much like with the developer's previous game, Pajama Boy 2: The Dark Forest, The Sun for the Vampire is strongly focused on challenge. If you're the kind of person who loves flexing your reflexes, then you'll lap this game up like it's delicious, cherry-flavored, corn-syrup-based candy blood.