One little vampire still wants to see the sun, more than anything else in the world. And he's willing to brave an entirely new spooky castle in search of the secret that will let him do it! He can still turn into a bat to fly around dangerous stakes, knives, and other obstacles, but this time he'll also be lifting crates and solving a bevy of puzzles. After putting both his reflexes and his brain to work, surely he'll find that day-walking potion this time... Right?
All of the fairies in the blocky nature park have been kidnapped! Now it's up to the park's awesome, awesome ranger to get them back. Why is this ranger so awesome? Because the entire world revolves around them! While you can normally move left and right, you can flip your world to change what directions "left" and "right" are, and explore new dimensions. Run and jump through three dimensions, and get all the fairies back to your spaceship!
Steve Warman and a team of students makes us look at the world from different angles in Perspective!, a puzzle platformer that'll have you shifting from two dimensions to three and back again. While the music and visuals show that the team are programmers more than artists, Perspective! uses what could have been merely a showy gimmick to its full potential, and the result is a fun and challenging visual-spatial experience.
Carl is stuck in his undead form but with a little help from that wonderful genius Tesla, he may have a chance to be born again. But dangers await our little zombie in this puzzle platformer. Make sure to use your head. Literally.
Find your way through amaze-like cube in this interesting puzzle game. Place boxes to create platforms to navigate each face of the cube, changing the orientation of it as you go, until you reach the exit. Beware fireballs and falling statues on your way!
Also available for iOS and Android, Nitrome's retro platformer has plenty of action as classic heroes have been abducted and it's up to you to unlock them all through randomized sets of levels.
Tentacled aliens are attacking your ship! Nothing to do but make your way past them to save yourself in this retro puzzle platformer. Travel the length of your ship utilizing gravity (or lack thereof) to dodge tentacles, lasers, and more to escape your attackers.
A beautiful, 3D experimental puzzle game that has you moving your little avatar around collecting followers and controlling them as a crowd. Use the [arrows] or [WASD] keys to guide your little mob past traps and over obstacles, toying with some cool physics along the way.
Slimey's going on a quest... across a single screen! That may not sound like a very perilous journey, but every time Slimey pushes a button, new hazards and platforms get added to the landscape around him! Squash enemies and avoid spikes to find the button in each version of the level! He may not have far to go, but he'll have a lot to do in this puzzle-platforming Ludum Dare entry.
Dip your toes in this cozy ambient platformer and adjust the temperature to your liking to activate and reach the exits. Use special hot and cold abilities available in water to master each of its 30 beautiful and imaginative levels.
You're a unicyclist tasked with performing death defying stunts for an eager crowd. You've got to roll and leap from tightrope to tightrope, avoiding spikes, flames and even cannonballs along the way. Another great hit from Ludum Dare!
Work with your crew to take down time anomalies through king-of-the-hill battles, capture the flag games and the good old fashioned shoot 'em up death match. Epic Time Pirates is a quirky, fast-paced arena shooter from Jay Armstrong!
Blast your way through a whole new pack of levels for The Podge's popular mission-based squad shooter series! With things to explode and destructible environments, you can play it as sneaky or as massively destructive as you like... just save the civillians!
Aliens are back and it's up to you and your rag tag team to get out there and stomp those monsters into goo. Run, jump and shoot your way through fifteen arenas of alien on human combat, then make use of a staggering amount of upgrades.
In Elliot Quest, the retro adventure platform game by Ansimuz Games, you can't die. Well, you can, but you always wake up at the last glowing rock thing you passed. Which is kind of weird when you think about it, and you need some answers. It's an enjoyable 8-bit throwback that doesn't pause the action to engage in any handholding. Elliot Quest will probably make you feel lost, but offers enough cool things to find to make it all worth while.
In this puzzle platformer, the main character struggles with uncontrollable mood swings represented by mirrored worlds on each level. While some may find the implication of abuse too much to get past, Mercurial Story is still obviously intended to provide an optimistic look if you can survive to the end.
Fancy's back and fancier than ever! Run, jump and slide through the wacky cartoon landscape of the first entry in the classic series, now with hidden secrets, unlockable outfits, time trials, weird humor, and the kind of laid back thrills that only fancy platforming can provide.
Chompy, the star of the puzzle platformer by Wolve, is a crocodile who loves eating, coins, and eating coins. While the tutorial levels give the game a slow start, it is a game that will win you over with its sense of joy and a level of shine to the mechanics that distinguishes it from similar works.
Like its predecessor, Onomastica 2, the puzzle platformer/interactive art piece by mif2000, takes place in a world where words and objects are interchangeable. And also, like the original, it is whimsical, clever, and over way too quickly. Still, it's such a fun little art deco world to play around in, that players who like minding their words won't mind too much.
Kiwi 64 by Siactro, a Unity action platform game inspired by those "collect everything in sight" games of yore. You play as a cute little kiwi bird, trying to find five magical lamps and topple the reign of the evil king melon. As a love letter and nostalgia trip, Kiwi 64 delivers, even if it isn't developed enough to convert those not already fans of the games it pays tribute to.
Any spelunker with a few bombs can take a journey to the center of the earth, but can you Puzzle to the Center of the Earth? In this app that blends match-3 puzzling with platforming, you've got to dig to the bottom of each level, but your path won't always be straight down! You'll need to avoid explosions, traps, and enemies as you carefully carve a strategic path through a ton of colored rocks on your expedition.
Land of Enki 2 is a retro-style action-platform game by VoidForce where players will travel to an engaging fantasy world, discover fascinating creatures, then slice them in half. Its look and mechanics are reminiscent of a mid-90s DOS platformer and sequence of short, simple levels are perfect for people looking for a game high on atmosphere but low on challenge (apart from the frustrating ladder-jumping).
In Rampage Rex, a puzzle platformer by Eric Bernier and Izzy Aminov you'll be guiding a very hungry dino as he spends an afternoon taking in a little culture, literally! Despite somewhat incompatible visuals and sounds, Rampage Rex offers breezily fun stealth gameplay for players both young and fossilized.
Getting your hands dirty is always more fun when you've got a friend along! This brightly-colored band of miners needs your help to collect the jewels that match their colors and explore the depths of their mines. Play this puzzle-platformer solo as an exercise in coordination, or bring along a friend to help you for co-op puzzle-solving fun!
Use physics, an elaborate supply of unique pieces, and your own ingenuity to guide the orb to the exit. It's like golf, if only golf involved high-intensity lasers and gravity orbs.
Nitrome takes your classic undead platforming shooter and makes it turn-based in a tricky, clever game that sees you staking your way through legions of monsters on your way to take down Dracula.
Hours of action RPG goodness can be found in this deceptively simple browser game that's bursting with gorgeous visuals and a soundtrack to match. Your village is abducted by a mysterious spaceship, leaving you to fight your way through dozens of fascinating locations across a deep and detailed world.
You are a blue block. You job is to shoot all the red blocks. Sounds easy, right? Except for the fact that you've got to shoot all the red blocks while dodging mid-air spikes and pulling off acrobatic jumps! Geote is a punishing platformer that requires your keyboard and mouse to work in perfect sync, as you take out targets while avoiding dangerous spikes. Keep your reflexes sharp, and remember that pain is just weakness leaving the body!
When evil space pirates kidnap the spliboxes' brothers they must find a hero to help them. It's a shame the one they found can't jump. They must help him along his way to reunite the family.
When a wizard needs a job, the temp agency decides their destiny... and apparently yours is to be a security guard. But it's not as cushy as it sounds, and in this chaotic and creative dungeon-crawling action platforming shooter, you'll need to craft your spells from multiple components to unlock powerful (and weird) effects as you try to save the world.
Tess had a bad day yesterday, and she doesn't really want to talk about it. Her friend Milly has a brazen and dangerous dare for her, but is she ready to face the consequences in this eerie and surreal free indie platform shooter?
A dark, moody world bereft of sunlight, this game has you jumping, leaping and fighting your way through your darkened homeland to reunite pieces of a Sun Gem. Use the [arrow] keys and [S] to jump, attack and interact with the noirish landscape.
Antbassador is a physics platform game by Kevin Zuhn and his team that has been declared the winner of the Ludum Dare 30 72 hour "Connected Worlds" game jam. It stars a giant top hat-wearing finger trying desperately to make a good impression on a colony of ants, and often failing. The QWOP-style comedy of political frustrations may not be for everyone, but it has more than it's fair share of hilarious ant-tics.
It's just one level, but this demo for an upcoming platforming adventure about a lone candle trying to rescue its friends who have been snuffed out by ominous shadows still manages to tantalize.
The latest in Nitrome's series of icon-sized, low-resolution games, Coil is a puzzle platformer about a snaky piece of wire trying to make its way through an electric world. Intriguing and as well constructed as its brethren, if not quite as intuitive, Coil will have you wrapped around its little finger.
Twelve is happy living in the city of Dozenopolis until a great calamity destroys it and everything else. Together with Dot, a perky decimal point, she'll set out to make things right in this gorgeous and clever puzzle platformer for iOS.
A nighttime trip to the bathroom turns freaky in this fast-paced platformer by Deqaf Studios, where you must run and jump and climb past ghoulish dangers as a little boy.
Dodge traps, fireballs, cannons and more while you hunt for treasure and unlock relics in this action-packed platformer for your iOS! With a classic console feel and gorgeous retro style, Goblin Sword is a pitch-perfect love letter to old school gaming.
An adorable platform game with a gravity-bending mechanic at its core. You play as a diminutive green climber navigating traps and collecting balls of light in a forest where physics don't exactly apply.
In this action platformer by mrDN, unlock and upgrade your ninja abilities as you battle your way across a dangerous land filled with carnivorous plants and more!
Plunge down into the sewers for platforming fun with a plumbing protagonist (though maybe not that Italian one you've heard so much about). This hero carries a tank of pressurized water on his back, and it lets him run, jump, and even fly! Aim the nozzle and fire streams of water to move in the opposite direction. Master this unusual form of locomotion, and survive the sewers!
Fix the Sun is a puzzle platfomer by DB based around a unique gameplay mechanism that will have you flitting and flipping a ray of light all over the place. Very much reflex-based, with a number of levels that will take a half dozen deaths to get through, it's not a game for the easily frustrated. But those who press on will find it very rewarding.
Help Jellydad save his family and become a hero in Jellydad Hero, a puzzle platformer new from Snail Bob developer Andrey Kovalishin. Though a little slow moving, Kovalishin's knack for physical comedy and not-too-difficult challenge shine through as much as in his other series. Other developers should definitely be jelly.
Want to fall in love with a game? With the gravity-flipping Fallin Love, it's as easy as turning your mobile device upside-down! Collect the hearts and the costume to help Fall woo the indecisive Kaisa. When you turn the game, the gravity shifts to match your orientation, and that's the key to avoiding the spikes, enemies, and sliding blocks in this clever puzzle platformer.
An online platform game that pits you against the "ghosts" of players who've run the course before you. Use the arrow keys to jump, dodge and collect gold as you avoid lava pits, skeletons and the ever-sliding view.
Play around in Max's clone lab and test out his new machine by solving puzzles. Use your clones as stepping stools and button pushers but make sure they get back, as you find your exit, to prevent a time paradox.
Bottle Rockets is a sci-fi platform game by James Earl Cox III set to the song "Alberto Balsam" by Aphex Twin. A short artistic work about mothers, daughters, and space, it integrates a glitchy aesthetic quite well into the plot and gameplay, and will generally succeed in making those who play it feel all the feels.
Your greatest magic trick will be surviving, as you must guide yourself and your creepy dopplegangers past swords, daggers, spikes, sawblades and more to reach the exit in this puzzle platformer.
It wasn't the ice age that made the dinosaurs disappear, and in this cute-yet-bloody and frantic platform arena shooter, you'll learn that they'll not down for the count yet! Lead your dino squad against deadly enemies and unlock new weapons and abilities.
Stolen Sword is a gravity-bending puzzle platform game by NowGamez about a knight whose quest to retrieve a stolen sword will have him bouncing from ceiling to floor. A high difficulty level may make it off-putting to some, but overall the game's puzzles have a nice sense of logic to them that is satisfying to complete.
Jump back into more silly stealth in this pack of levels for the popular, charming puzzle platformer. Steal lab coats, grow enormous plants, wield fishing rods, and more as you nab all the key-cards, flip all the switches, and evade every guard and security camera on the way to the exit.
An ancient temple has been ransacked, and the relics within stolen! Luckily, you're on the task, and in this cute and engaging action platformer with a metroidvania flair for your iOS or Android, you'll have to deal with mummies, traps, pharaohs, and, yes, snakes across a massive map of rooms.
You've got a cave of wondrous treasures, a boy, and his bazooka. Blast your way through 15 levels of treasure hunting mayhem, using your explosive cannon in a variety of creative ways. Add to that a difficulty curve that's firm but forgiving and you've got a fun time-destroyer. You simply can't deny a good bazooka.
Life as a little green blob becomes a lot more exciting when you encounter a malevolent force out to take over your whimsy-filled cartoon world. But, by gathering up ark seeds, you build a team of doppelgangers who, in a friendlier twist on lemmings-style mechanics, help you solve your way through this puzzle platform adventure.
Leap into the space "platformer" that challenges you to planet hop as far as you can without falling into the abyss or being hit by a deadly meteor. With simple one-tap gameplay, upgrades, achievements and an absolutely gorgeous cartoon art style, Beyond Gravity will pull you right in!
Hold on to your hard hat and start digging in this entertaining mining puzzle game. Collect the three crystals on each level while avoiding enemies and spikes, and keeping companions safe. And if that weren't enough, you've got to do it all with a limited number of moves. Can you make it to the exit alive?
Think outside of the box in the short, but delightfully "broken" platformer, Glitch Lab. Find and exploit the glitch in each level to reach the door, but try not to play by the rules!
Flappy Bird. Tiny Wings. Robot Unicorn Attack. And now... goats and zombies. Tap the screen to leap over spikes and hazards in this free arcade game for iOS and Android, but be warned... just getting your score into the double digits is a challenge!
Some vampires are perfectly happy to swoop along through the dead of night. But not this little guy! He wants to bask in the warmth of the sun, and he's willing to brave a castle full of deadly traps for the secret that will let a vampire like him step into the light. He may not be able to jump like most platforming stars, but he can turn into a bat to fly through the castle's corridors. Beware, though! The walls here tend to be very, very deadly...
Magick is a creative mixture of a puzzle game and a platform game designed by developer Ludonkey. Once upon a time in a place really far away there was a young sorcerer named Oz. A stranger knocked on his door one night to break the news that the evil queen had declared magic illegal. Not good news for a sorcerer, as you can imagine. Oz was tossed into a dungeon filled with snakes and lava and flying fireballs eager to turn him into toast. Leaving him for dead was a very super villain-type thing to do, but like most heroes, Oz didn't just give up and take a nap. Instead, he started making boxes to build a path to the surface!
Can a zombie game be cute and sweet? Absolutely! In this puzzle platformer from krangGAMES, you (a zombie) and your loved one (also a zombie) go on an adventure across a post-apocalyptic world filled with whimsy, humour, and even some welcome diversity.
Sam and Dean. Edward and Alphonse. Crichton and D'Argo. Everyone loves bros, and in this cute puzzle platformer, you'll have to help two brothers work together to make it past lasers, guards, angry inmates, and more if they want to escape the slammer!
The kitty Princess has been kidnapped by foxes! Hurry, Strike Force Kitty - it's all up to you now! This uber cute run and jump from Deqaf Studios is ready to delight your socks off, tickle your funny bone, and make your inner geek squee at every new movie, game, or comic book reference. Strike Force Kitty to the rescue!
Cute colorful cubic robots need to work together to solve each level in this puzzle platform game. Each droid has a unique ability which must be utilized in order to reach the exit. Manipulate gates and elevators while evading lasers to collect the glowing orb and complete each level.
A licensed game that isn't terrible?! Way to go Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville! The free-flying platform exploration game from Radiangames brings Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup back to save the citizens of Townsville from the evil Mojo Jojo. There's just one tiny little hitch: they can't remember how to use their powers. It's so bad, they don't even know how to punch or fly! Crummy situation for them, but a perfect set-up for a power-up collecting ability-unlocking robot-smashing metroidvania game!
A floating banana is asking you to kill gangsters. So naturally this side-scrolling, time-slowing, jumping, rolling, dodging shooter has you killing gangsters for your little banana friend. You don't want to be rude to Pedro, do you?
You'll be on cloud 9 when you play Dream Hopper, a unique action platformer filled with aggressive jellyfish and bubble battles. Made in the vein of a simulated dream world with a bossy subconscious mind calling the shots, you'll fight monsters and find helpful floaty powerups in your quest to find a way out.
Caught between two voices that hate each other and might not have your best interests at heart, you play a conscious android girl struggling through an oppressive and disturbing world in this atmospheric platforming adventure.
Freedom! Rescued from your cell by a somewhat unmotivated guardian angel, it's up to you to release the rest of your friends in this utterly surreal, cute-and-cuddly chibi platformer.
After being thrown through a wormhole while fighting an evil creature, you find yourself stranded in an unknown universe. You must fight your way through hordes of enemies and use your unique powers to change the land beneath your feet in this clever and ambitious platformer.
Who wears a dashing hat, carries a torch to explore ancient ruins, and strikes fear into the heart of jungle creatures? Phobi Jones, the hero of this unique puzzle platform game. Use the items from your bag to scare lions, elephants, and bats so you can make it through each level, collecting artifacts along the way.
It's a ninja's greatest foe... crippling student debt! In this clever physics puzzle platformer, you play a ninja with adhesive feet who must leap and smash his way through levels, knocking out thugs for bounties and gathering treasure.
It's Mozart vs. Mecha and an army of soldiers from the far-flung future of 2014, in FlashChaz's new platform beat-em-up Wolfgang Fights the Future. A fun a frantic little brawler with enough flipping and dashing and bashing to make one forgive the padding before the climactic boss fight.
Ever feel like you're a little too large for the world around you? You know, like when you're crawling through the air ducts of your home pretending to be a spy. Well, Smudged Cat Games, creator of Gateways, thought that feeling of mild claustrophobia would make a good game. And wouldn't you know it, they're right! Growing Pains is an arcade platform game that's all about getting to the exit as fast as you can. It's sort of like a speedy version of N, only instead of being a small ninja, you're a creature that can't stop getting bigger.
- • The Fancy Pants Adventure
- • Tri-Achnid
- • The Tall Stump
- • Fireboy and Watergirl 4: The Crystal Temple
- • Armed With Wings 3
- • Shift
- • Enough Plumbers
- • Great Dungeon in the Sky
- • Hello Worlds!
- • K.O.L.M.
- • Give Up, Robot
- • Loved
Love platformers? We've reviewed all kinds, and today we're taking a look at some of the best. A lonely little robot whose squabbling parents don't have his best interests at heart. Proof that fire and water can go together. An epic journey to stop a demon lord. And a whole bunch of fat guys in blue overalls.
Dive through earth and air in The Sun and Moon, a challenging platformer with an original concept and a beautiful, simplistic aesthetic. Fight conflicting gravities to collect all three Shinies and reach the exit in each level!
Chronology is the latest game to take advantage of the sidescrolling invigoration. It packs a lovely time-twisting mechanism on top of a head-warping set of puzzles that force you to think about the world in terms of the past and the future.
Kero Blaster has arrived! The sidescrolling platform shooter by Studio Pixel looks simple and sweet on the surface, but the difficulty is cranked up high enough to give your reflexes an honest workout. As janitor for the teleporter manufacturer Cat & Frog, your job is to venture out into the dangerous world to fix the company's broken machines. No sweeping or actual repairing involved, just shooting and trying to stay alive!
Some people are willing to go far for fashion, but most of us aren't willing or able to rip off our own limbs and torso. Most of us are quitters compared to the cuddly hero of this puzzle platformer who can tear himself limb from limb to reach a hat that does not want to be caught.
The woods are dark, scary, and filled with all manner of spiny, slashy, smashy traps, but Pajama Boy isn't afraid! ... Okay, maybe he's a little afraid, but he'll be alright as long as he can fill his jar with fireflies to stave off the darkness. Jump, dash, and roll your way through 40 levels to collect the fireflies and help Pajama Boy get back to his campsite!
A fantastic art game with an arresting pixel-based art style, this physics-based platformer follows a rebel searching for their lost love in an alien-infested world. But it's not about the aliens. It's about survival, loneliness, and the sacrifices we make for those we love.
Leo is a charming blue puff ball who is also very rich. Or he was very rich until some thief made off with his stash of gold. Now you must help him travel across moss-covered forests, oasis-dabbled deserts, watery pirate coves and to the depths beyond. This means a harrowing journey through obstacle courses strewn with deadly spikes and unimaginable treachery. This also makes for a delightfully unique, remarkably gorgeous, and charmingly entertaining puzzle platform adventure.
Made in just one weekend, this puzzle platform is as simple as it is lovely and filled with potential. Explore an underground world searching for the four pieces you need to unlock a huge door, gaining power-ups along the way.
Your kingdom has been seized, and your sword isn't going to do the job anymore. Fortunately the Lady of the Lake has an upgradeable steam-powered solution in this fun and silly classic platform shooter packed with sprawling levels, secrets, bosses, power-ups, and more.
You're stuck in the slammer, but if you're sneaky and creative it doesn't have to stay that way in this funny, engaging stealth platforming puzzle adventure. Knock out guards and hide their bodies, snatch keycards, steal uniforms, and more!
When the pure light that sustains the alchemists starts to dwindle it's what's referred to in the industry as "A Major Problem", and it's up to you to restore civilization in this gorgeous and brief metroidvania platformer.
When the villagers are captured, it's up to one little ninja to save the day... with world-flipping powers! Swap the world around you in this beautiful and polished puzzle platformer to get past baddies, lasers, ice, and much, much more.
North Wind: Trill of Consciousness by Henry Gosuen is a creative take on the platform exploration genre. You control the tiny hero named Dir who moves through a blocky world of spikes and obstacles and maze-like puzzles. Instead of scrolling levels that keep pace with the protagonist, though, you do all the swiping yourself from a stationary point of view. It's a bit like Office Rush, Rooms or Continuity, only with a decidedly sweeter metroidvania feel.
There are only two words you need to see before downloading this game: Studio Pixel. The creator of Cave Story has been hard at work on the upcoming sidescrolling platformer Kero Blaster, but in the meantime, we get a free game! Pink Hour serves as a small taster for next month's big release, stuffing plenty of shooting, pixel-perfect jumps, and painfully high level of difficulty into its cute little package.
Do you love that old-school feeling of collecting coins? How about navigating precarious platforms and ledges to reach the exit door? Escape various baddies, maze-like environments and an expanding black hole of doom in this energetic and demanding retro platformer.
They say everything is better with a friend, so the sequel to the original shadowy puzzle platformer has started up the buddy system. Using light to reveal or banish walls and hazards, you must make your way to the exit in each level, turning on light to lure your newfound companion to press switches and more for you.
The best wizard around may not know much actual magic, but he does have a fabulous double jump. Navigate treacherous landscapes and save the princess in this free, highly polished platformer for Windows and Mac.
When a witch crashes a party, she curses three animal friends into sharing the same body, and now it's up to you to swap between them, accessing their unique abilities, to deal with enemies, solve puzzles, and gather stars in this easy but charming little game.
Like lovely visuals? What about pits of death and whirling sawblades flying at your face? This platformer has both! Help ErlinE track down the magical orbs and return them to the portals, but watch out for hazards... and the unforgiving challenge!
What's better than a puzzle platformer? A puzzle platformer which lets you build the levels yourself! In Level Editor 3, the developer started making them, then went out for a lunch break and was never seen again. That means you will have to place all the additional platforms, each with their own functions, so that a little stick man can reach the end of the level. Level Editor 3 is certainly the best episode in the series so far, offering thirty-five wonderfully puzzly stages for your entertainment.
Four alien adventurers have crash-landed on a hostile (if absurdly happy) planet. Thankfully, each of them has a different power they can use to help them escape! Turn to stone, fly through the air, lay bombs, and even teleport across space to collect all the keys and reach the exit.
Stranded on an alien world filled with hostile robots jealously guarding the fuel you need to call for help is a bad place to be. But if you're Tricky Rick, you can literally use your head to fight your way through them and solve puzzles in this colourful and quirky platformer from Tamas Games.
Getting a key and then to the exit sounds easy for a puzzle platformer. Until you realize that you're a colour-swapping square, and any platform you landed on previously becomes unsafe once it changes to match your hue! Pick your path carefully in this simple yet clever game.
Use your webs to swing through a gorgeous subterranean world in this clever puzzle platformer. Though a few of the puzzles are quite tricky, the game is forgiving and has many checkpoints. The striking visuals and ethereal soundtrack truly make this a work of art.
Space invaders and Lincoln logs mixed all into one! Build your fort, collect your gold and save the city from alien invasion in this fast paced strategy shooter. Artillerize is a great strategy crafting game that overcomes some of its more frustrating aspects with its entertaining and innovative gameplay.