We love our metroidvanias here at JayIsGames! But would we still love them if, instead of controlling a scifi bounty hunter, or a badass vampire slayer, we played as the alphabet? Answer: Yes! And ASCIIvania, an exploration platformer by Gharding3, is the proof! At the start, you will be prompted to enter your name, the first letter of which will be your starting "character" (presumably, the Trickys of the world will have an easier time than the Jays). Using the [arrow] keys, move around the world, exploring, acquiring new powers, and opening new areas. In this case, though, the strongest power is wordsmithing.
Aligning your character with incomplete words will eliminate them from the screen. Grey words will regenerate, while white words will disappear to create a permanent passage. As time goes on, you will acquire new characters that you can transform into by hitting the respective letter key. Collect all 26 letters and claim victory! ASCIIvania's basic premise is so killer that it's easy to forgive its flaws. Particularly, the dictionary for accepted words is a little wonky, but at least it tends towards accepting odd words rather than rejecting legit ones. As a metroidvania, ASCIIvania is clearer documentation, a map screen and a mute button away from excellence. As is, though, it's still an enjoyable and unique, if not quite transcendent, time-waster. A lot of fun is here for the ASCII-ing!