Platformers are one of the most popular game genres, and are almost never done well. The controls are sticky, the jump physics too strong or too weak, the levels so obtuse only a diehard perfectionist could ever beat them. Not so with Nolan Cooney's entry in the recent Ludum Dare 23 competition, Little Locations.
Our hero is a plucky little boy with a purple baseball cap whose only desire is to catch all the blue orbs he can. Nothing new there. But the twist of Little Locations is that when you fall off a platform, instead of a rage-inducing kill screen, you're sent to another world! There are four in all, each with 23 orbs to collect. Move and jump using the [arrow] keys and press  to mute the sound. Each time you switch worlds, your inventory will remember how many orbs you've collected there, but you'll still need to start at the beginning of the world each time.
Cooney manages to create a no-nonsense game with great physics and interesting backdrops that is challenging without being utterly impossible, all in under 48 hours. That being said, this is not an easy game and anyone playing on a limited schedule will find it hard to beat. Still, there's more than enough here to satisfy hardcore and casual platform players alike.