Pursuit of Hat 2
It's hard to find a good hat. You need to find one that fits and flatters and doesn't turn you into an internet meme waiting to happen, so when you find one that works for you, you kind of want to hold on to it. That's why the star of Anton Rogov's puzzle platformer Pursuit of Hat 2 goes to such extraordinary lengths to get his hat back in each stage, even though he's really, really bad at holding on to it. As in the original game, you use [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move and jump, trying to find your way to wherever your hat has wound up in each level. You'll climb, swing, leap, and, uh... well... literally rip your own limbs off to get it back. See, by pressing the [spacebar], you'll pull off your legs, arms, and even your own torso in that order. Doing so can leave a part behind to, say, press a switch for you, but each one you remove will hamper you... without both legs you can't jump as high, and if you're a head, well, you can't jump at all. Fortunately, you can just press the down key to be reunited with whatever limb you're standing over.
There's always a fine line between "sequel" and "samey", since you want to change enough that the game doesn't feel like a glorified level pack, but avoid making it unrecognizable. Pursuit of Hat 2 pulls this off by focusing on injecting more variety and creativity into its levels with new elements beyond simply pushing buttons that keeps things fresh. Sticky goop, a hat that flees, hungry... uh... thingers that will suck anything the right size in and then fire it back out, all of it makes solving levels a more complicated affair than the original, and experimenting to see how each new element can be used is part of the fun. On the downside, the more limbs you lose, the clunkier you control, which is understandable but frustrating in some cases, and that can be a killer when the slow movement makes setting up the proper chain of events in some stages so important. Still, it's just as beautifully, morbidly adorable as ever with its squishy little animations and funky soundtrack, and the greater challenge of the game's 24 levels makes it feel like a big leap forward from its predecessor. Pursuit of Hat 2 manages to make dismemberment cuddly, but it also manages to improve on the simplicity of the first game without becoming too convoluted, making for a puzzle platformer that's fun, charming, and even thinky in equal proportions.