Jacob Pariseau and Marcus Pasell have a challenge for you... are you ready to grab the meme by the horns? Prove you've got the swagger and the skills in Challenge Accepted, a high-difficulty puzzle platformer about one cat with more than his share of lives, a bunch of rooms that defy physics, and a whole lot of spikes. Are you ready to put your skills where your mouth is?... no, you don't make any sense!
Use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to move your cat around the level. Your objective is to get to the button that opens the exit, and then make your way to that shining beacon. Simple, right? Well, can you do it without jumping? How about while only moving left? In fifteen seconds? While rubbing your belly and patting your head simultaneously? Okay, I made that last one up, but as you play, you'll find that the levels become more fiendish and the challenges more... uh... challenging. If you get stuck, hit [R] to restart, and you can pick up wherever you left off if you take a break by selecting "continue a challenge" from the main menu. Note that you may find that the game responds more slowly in Firefox, so if you have a problem with the timed levels, you may need to try another browser such as Chrome instead.
While the setup and design are vaguely reminiscent of This is the Only Level, here the objective is less adorable pachyderm cavorting and more meme-fuelled nightmare platforming. Some of the levels are downright punishing; level six coats the floor in a slippery substances, and when, after many tries I finally made it to the button, I died a little inside when I realised I had to make it safely all the way back to the exit. More casual platformers might be put off by the quick reflexes demanded in certain levels... while not quite Super Meat Boy, it definitely isn't Super Mario Bros either. But with a winning style, a snappy soundtrack, and a meme-tastic premise, Challenge Accepted just might quench your thirst for a spot of sneaky, tricky platforming. And then next time you go sailing into a bed of spikes, take a deep breath and ask yourself... U MAD BRO?
Update: Jacob has addressed the 2 major complaints that players brought up in the comments and the new version has been uploaded and now available to play here at JIG.