Poid 01 - The Nepho
Poid .01: The Nepho is a short flash platformer from Protopop Games, the creators of Nimian Flyer Legends and Nimian Hunter. The Nephohedron transport ship (profit class) has run into a bit of a problem. On route to Junx city the navigation system failed and the crew wasn't responding. To the rescue is a small poid, a flea-like creature you release from a slumber pod. Guide your poid through the ship and uncover the mystery behind the strange errors.
In a welcome twist to flash platformers, Poid is controlled almost entirely with the mouse. It feels much more natural than a rigid keyboard and allows for more precise, fluid movements. Finding computer terminals within the ship rewards your poid with new abilities. Usually you'll need to replace a missing fuse to activate it. The first few terminals reward you with jumping skills, while later ones perform other ship functions that allow you to continue exploring. And be sure to pick up the floating green triangles to keep your health full.
Although it's a relatively short and linear game, Poid is still a blast to play. As with most Protopop titles, a lot of fine detail was put into the visuals to create a very pleasing artistic feel. The game is still technically in beta, so don't be surprised if you come across a few minor glitches here and there.
Poid's short-but-sweet science fiction gameplay is well worth investigating. In exchange for just 15 minutes of your time you'll happily join the crowds waiting for the next two installments in the series.
Thanks to Clint for sending this one in!